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Missing treasure-hunter found delirious, injured, but alive

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As temperatures dipped into the 30's Wednesday night, search and rescue teams continued their search for a woman lost on the snow-covered Superstition Mountains. And just before midnight they found her.

This is the woman's second time getting lost near the Peralta Trail. The first time was in December when she went searching for gold.

When crews found last Robyn Byrd 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the freezing weather, she told them that she had "given up."

Today we talked to some rescuers who say treasure hunters like this woman are the toughest to save. They've performed rescues before, but were not involved in this search.

242 square miles of snow covered terrain -- that's where 51-year-old treasure hunter Robyn Byrd was stranded during a day of wild weather and freezing temps.

"This is our search area and our debris field."

Robert Cooper and Roger Barriertos have made a career out of saving people like Byrd, who venture into these mountains and don't return.

"It's not a cakewalk back in there, I mean this is wilderness," says Barriertos.

Robyn Byrd came to Arizona from Missouri to find the Lost Dutchman's gold mine and told her friends that "God told her where to find it."

These members of the Superstition Search and Rescue Team say treasure hunters are much harder to find than hikers.

"Treasure hunters on the other hand don't know where they're going, don't tell anyone where they're going into and they're not prepared for the ruggedness of the wilderness," says Cooper.

"They're following anything that they might see, you know they look up on top of a cliff and they see something shiny, they're going to climb the cliff."

Friday, Byrd was getting treatment at Mountain Vista Hospital. These rescuers say that those hoping to strike it rich won't stop risking their lives in the Superstitions any time soon.

"Not until somebody finds that mine, if there is one."

We're told that Byrd had an injury from falling down and was very incoherent when she was found off the trail, but has been recovering all day.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office -- she will not have to pay for the rescue.

Related story: Lost hiker found in Superstition Mountains

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