A 23 year old Arizona State University student, Lauren Elizabeth Weinberg, who went missing 10 days ago in northern Arizona has been found outside of Winslow. She had gotten lost in the snow, and was found by two US Forest Service employees when they were out on snowmobiles inspecting gates.
Although she was freezing and lonely, she told a harrowing tale of using melted snow and candy for sustenance and just hoped that her ordeal would be over soon.
Weinberg released a statement from Flagstaff Medical Center saying “I am so thankful to be alive and warm. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers, because they worked. There were times I was afraid but mostly I had faith I would be found.”
Weinberg left her parents house ten days earlier and traveled down a road where the pavement eventually ran out. She had been on the road before but was unaware that it is almost impossible to navigate in the snow. She only had three candy bars and a bottle of water with her. She portioned out the candy bars and used the sun to melt snow daily into her water bottle. During the evenings the temperature regularly dropped below zero.
Unfortunately her cellphone had died.
Weinberg missed her final examinations at school, and her family was concerned because her behavior was out of the ordinary, police said.