'Missing' Liège woman found trapped inside her own car

'Missing' Liège woman found trapped inside her own car
Reports say assistance quickly arrived on the scene. Credit: © Belga

A 45-year-old woman reported missing a week ago was found trapped inside her own car during a heatwave after an apparent accident, public prosecutors said Tuesday.

The woman had spent at least six days with no food or water during the record-breaking heatwave which hit Belgium last week.

She was last seen on July 23 as she stopped in a gas station after leaving her boyfriend's house in the Liège municipality of Awan at around 23:30, according to De Standaard.

Search parties scoured the area after the woman was reported missing in the following days, after she was not seen or heard of.

A volunteer search party sticking flyers on windshields found the woman on Monday at around 18:00, according to the outlet — almost a week after her reported disappearance.

The woman was found "squeezed, but conscious" inside her Fiat Bravo in a road by a canal near the town of Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse, around a dozen kilometres from Awans.

Having spent six days inside her vehicle with no food or water during a week which saw temperatures in Belgium soar to record highs, she was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition.

Her relatives were relieved that she had been found, with one of her children declaring: "For me and my little brothers, it is a great relief to know that she is still alive."

Gabriela Galindo

The Brussels Times

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