In 1855, when Olive was 19, a severe drought hit the area and many people died of starvation. The young Mary Ann died during this time, as depicted in this 1857 drawing by Royal B. Stratton. The drought increased travel and communication among tribes and also between tribes and the west-ward travelers. Rumors began to circulate that a white woman was living with the Mohaves.
A group of men (including her brother, Lorenzo) sent a messenger to the camp and arranged for Olive's release. She traveled safely to Fort Yuma and everyone was shocked and amazed at not just that she had survived, but that she was now 'marked' as one of the tribe members!