A missing couple and four children were found after being stranded in the Nevada wilderness for two days. According to ABC News, the family of six was discovered alive by search crews on Tuesday.
CNN stated that the family was discovered in an area called Trinity Canyon. They were spotted from a distance by ground search crews using binoculars according to the local sheriff’s office. The search began Sunday after officials were notified that the family didn’t return home after spending a day out in the snow.
The missing family was identified as James Glanton, 34, his girlfriend Christina McIntee, 25, their two children Evan and Chloe Glanton. McIntee’s niece and nephew, Shelby Fitzpatrick and Tate McIntee, were also with them at the time of their disappearance. The ages of the children ranged from 3-years-old to 10-years-old.
The missing family was finally located after a cellphone forensics team was able to pick up a signal from Christina McIntee’s phone. Paul Burke, the search and rescue coordinator who directed the rescue effort told reporters that the family’s decision to stay with the Jeep most likely saved their lives.
“They stayed together and that was the key that allowed them to live through this experience. You don’t see that that often in search and rescue,” said Burke. “They did some pretty unusual things, heating up rocks and things. Staying together, that was a big deal.”
The family was found together camping in their overturned Jeep. While using the Jeep as a form of shelter, the family was also able to create a fire to keep them warm outside of the Jeep. When news came that the family was found safe, and more importantly, alive, many were relieved and joyful.
“The mood where I’m at is ecstatic,” said Hahn, who commands the Nevada Wing of the patrol, which deployed six planes to search for the group. “We are thrilled beyond words.”
According to Fox News, a spokesman for the hospital where the family is being treated said “all the patients are stable and doing well, and that they are being treated for exposure but not frostbite.”
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