Couple, four children missing in Nevada found safe in canyon

RENO, Nevada Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:15pm EST

1 of 9. A woman hugs Chris Montes after hearing that Montes was one of the rescuers that found a family in a remote mountain range northeast of Reno, in Lovelock, Nevada, December 10, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/James Glover

Related Topics

RENO, Nevada (Reuters) - A couple and four young children missing in frigid weather since they went on an outing to play in the snow on Sunday in a remote mountain range in Nevada were found alive on Tuesday huddled in a canyon, a sheriff's dispatch supervisor said.

The couple had taken their two children and the woman's niece and nephew, who range in age from 3 to 10, to an abandoned mining camp in the Seven Troughs range of northwestern Nevada, Pershing County dispatch supervisor Sheila Reitz said.

A wide-scale search and rescue operation was launched, backed by a helicopter and two airplanes, as fears grew for their fate, with temperatures plunging to negative 21 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday night and remaining well below freezing the following night.

On Tuesday, a volunteer rescuer spotted the couple's vehicle with binoculars, and the six were found in good condition, Reitz said. Details of the group's ordeal were not immediately available.

"It's a big relief," Reitz said, adding that all were taken to a hospital in the nearby town of Lovelock for evaluation.

Nevada's KTVN-TV reported that the couple's Jeep had swerved off an embankment and rolled over on Sunday afternoon, and that the family members camped near the vehicle and started a fire as they waited for help.

They had food and water when rescuers reached them, and were treated for mild dehydration, the station reported. Local authorities could not immediately confirm the report.

Reitz identified the adults as James Glanton, 34, and Christina McIntee, 25. The children were identified as Shelby Schlag-Fitzpatrick, 10, Tate McIntee, 4, and Evan and Chloe Glanton, ages 5 and 3.

(Reporting by Riley Snyder in Reno; Additional reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky from Olympia, Wash.; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Leslie Adler and Berenard Orr)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (1)
halloween wrote:
You go out in freezing weather in the snow to go to a remote mining camp. What is wrong with these Stupid adults.

Dec 10, 2013 6:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.