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Flower Shop Owner Missing En Route to Visit Family in Washington Found Alive in Shasta County

A San Diego flower shop owner reported missing along her drive to Washington was found alive in Shasta County on Monday, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Department (SCSO).

Penelope Bax, 63, was driving to Bellingham, Washington to visit her nephew and his family for Easter but never arrived, her family said. She was reported missing on Saturday.

Bax's sister told NBC 7 that she and her golden retriever named Walter were found in the Hirz Bay Campground area.

An SCSO spokesperson said she was being airlifted to an area hospital in unknown condition around 5:20 p.m.

Bax, who lives in Vista and owns the Rancho Santa Fe Flowers and Gifts shop, was due to arrive Friday night or Saturday morning but has been unreachable since Thursday evening, her family said.

She was last seen Tuesday visiting friends in the San Francisco Bay Area, her nephew Nate Biletnikoff said. Bax's last known location before her discovery was Thursday at the Hirz Bay Campground in the Shasta County, according to her sister, Toni Monaco.

The family had called the SCSO for a welfare check at the campground around 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Shasta County sheriff's Sgt. Caleb McGregor said. The family then called back later that evening to file a missing person's report, he said.

The US Forest Service (USFS) checked the campground but did not find Bax, McGregor said. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office did not have any luck finding her either, he said.

An all-points bulletin was issued for Bax in California, Oregon and Washington, her family said.

Bax was traveling with her dog, 

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