Fears are mounting for a missing female hiker who vanished while on a remote New Mexico road three weeks ago.
Ingrid Coleen Lane, 37, was last seen asking hunters for help on Sunday, October 15 on Forest Road 144 in the Jemez Mountains – which are 100 miles north of Albuquerque.
She had a flat tire on the road, so she asked hunters to help put air in it. They offered to take her to a nearby town, but she declined because she was trying to hike a nearby mountain to reach a Buddhist retreat center.
On October 18, police found her abandoned black 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback on the same road, with a broken rear window. An unopened burner phone was found in Ingrid’s vehicle, her husband Louis Scuderi said.
Ingrid Coleen Lane, 37, was last seen asking hunters for help on Sunday, October 15 on Forest Road 144 in the Jemez Mountains – which are 100 miles north of Albuquerque
Ingrid and her husband, Louis Scuderi. He said that she went to the Bodhi Manda Zen Center before she vanished
The area where Ingrid went missing is ‘high elevation, forested, remote and beyond cell phone range,’ but is wildly popular with hunters and outdoor recreationists.
The missing woman’s sister said that a local sheriff told her: ‘This is an easy area to get lost in.’
According to her sister, Ingrid did not say what mountain she wanted to hike. But her husband Louis Scuderi said that she went to the Bodhi Manda Zen Center.
Ingrid had stayed at the religious center many times before, and she told her husband at 5.30am that she was headed that way.
The Zen Center – which says it is a ‘refuge that supports the spiritual growth of all’ – confirmed to the husband that his wife had been there at around 9am, but she had left on Sunday.
He told KOB: ‘It’s not unusual for her to go without contacting anyone for a day. Two days would be a little out of the ordinary, three was getting into like, I am extremely worried.’
The woman has now been missing for three weeks
Louis also said that his wife, with whom he bought a home in Albuquerque four months ago, suffers with sleep, her mental health, and also has a rare lung problem.
Scuderi said: ‘Ingrid is fantastic at taking care of others, and incredibly generous. But not good at taking care of herself.
‘One very strange detail is that they found a burner phone in her car, but still in its package, not opened, not activated.
‘That’s a shock to me. That’s a huge shock to me to find out.’
He also revealed that Ingrid has a rare lung condition that worsens when it gets cold out – heightening the fears for the family.
It’s understood that her car’s back window had been smashed before she met the hunters who filled her car with air, Scuderi said.
Kelsey Lane, Ingrid’s twin sister, wrote on social media: ‘Hi friends and family, Ingrid Lane Scuderi is still missing. I wish I had a better update for you.
‘My mom and I are heading down to New Mexico to help in-person. We will be driving so we can bring my mom’s 4WD truck to access the rugged and remote area in the Jemez Mountains where Ingrid’s car was found.
‘We’ve gotten the most incredible outpouring of love and support, but we’ve felt lost in identifying how folks could help. Good news, we’re making a plan, so…if you want to help, read on.
Ingrid and her husband, Louis Scuderi. He said: ‘Ingrid is fantastic at taking care of others, and incredibly generous. But not good at taking care of herself’
Pictured: Forest Road 144 in the Jemez Mountains
Ingrid Coleen Lane is seen with her twin sister Kelsey. Her family are desperately trying to find her
‘We’ve set up a GoFundMe to rent a helicopter to search for Ingrid. We’ve booked some time, but we could book more!
‘Anyone local to New Mexico, keep sharing her missing person’s flier and physically put them up. We’ll be doing this in the Jemez Mountains and small towns around where she went missing, particularly Jemez Springs where she had been spending time at a Zen center. Also getting the fliers out to the local media and encouraging them to post it/air it.
‘Any advice on operating out of a rugged, remote area without cell phone service? I will have a Garmin InReach, loaned from some friends, so we can be safe and communicate and we’ll have good safety and medical gear. We don’t plan to do a lot of solo searching, the Search and Rescue teams and local authorities looked exhaustively, but even driving those old forest roads can be remote.
‘Any advice on how to not look like your twin? I had avoided going to the area before to not complicate the search since my face looks A LOT like Ingrid’s. Our hair is different, but we’re definitely identical twins!
‘Any other ideas? In particular, we are trying to reach the local hunting and outdoor recreationist community. The last sighting of Ingrid was on the afternoon of Sunday, October 15.
‘She flagged down two hunters to ask for help with her car which had a flat in the location where we found it, presumably left behind. They helped air up her tire and offered her a ride to town.
‘She said no, she wanted to reach a peak or mountain (and unfortunately, did not specify which or where). Search and Rescue speculate she might have gotten a ride further into the mountains, which is why her scent went dead for the dog teams and we can’t find her in the area near her car.
‘Could someone have given a woman a ride a couple weeks ago and not realized she never came back? Thanks, Kelsey, Becky, Louis and the extended family.’
No foul play is suspected, according to the Sandoval Sheriff’s Office.