MONROEVILLE, Ala. (WALA) -- Investigators believe a missing Colorado woman has been found dead in southern Alabama.
Monroe County Sheriff Tom Boatwright said his deputies were called after a body was discovered in a shooting house near the Monroe and Wilcox County line.
Officials said it is believed to be Cheryl Pence, who was last seen on December 31. At this time, investigators aren't suspecting foul play.
Family members said Pence and her son, Michael McBee, were seen by hunters as they were walking in the woods of Wilcox County.
Boatwright said Pence had been working in Florida recently, and the mother and son were in Alabama for a 'spiritual journey.' The sheriff said they drove out to Wilcox County and wandered into the woods and became separated from each other. McBee was found alive on January 3 and taken to a hospital for treatment.
Local agencies spent countless hours searching after Pence was reported missing.
"We feel like she was just in the woods, was lost, did not know where she was at. We've had a lot of cold nights since then. We feel like she went to that shooting house maybe to get shelter, to get out of the weather," Boatwright said.
The sheriff said McBee is back home in Colorado.