Missing Pershing County Family Found Alive in "Good Condition"
Authorities say they have found a family alive, missing since Sunday afternoon near Lovelock after their 2005 Jeep crashed in an embankment.
Pershing County authorities tell us James Glanton and Christina McIntee and four young children were in their Jeep Sunday afternoon when the vehicle went off an embankment and rolled over. As a result, the family camped near the Jeep, started a fire and waited for help to come. Authorities say they had food and water supplies.
Tuesday's discovery came after a cellphone forensics team picked up a signal from the missing woman's phone and diverted rescuers to the area, west of Lone Mountain near 7 Troughs Mine closer to Lovelock than originally thought.
A searcher with binoculars spotted the group's Jeep about the same it was seen by a Civil Air Patrol crews, Civil Air Patrol Col. Tim Hahn said. A ground team then retrieved the couple and four young members of their families.
34-year-old Glanton and 25-year-old McIntee, along with their children, Evan and Chloe Glanton, and niece and nephew, Shelby Fitzpatrick and Tate McIntee were treated for mild dehydration at Pershing General Hospital. The four children are 10, 4, 4 and 3.
The group went missing Sunday afternoon after "playing in the snow." Overall temperatures in the area fell as low as 20 below zero.
Civil Air Patrol, Washoe County Search and Rescue, Fallon Naval Air Station, Nevada National Guard Lakota helicopters and the state Division of Emergency Management and dozens of volunteers have searched for the family since they were reported missing near Lovelock.
"It was a huge relief. I was expecting the worst and then I came around the corner and I counted all six of them, standing there, nice and warm," says family friend Chris Montes.
The family stayed with the Jeep and waited for help for nearly two days.
"They had a fire going and Jay was heating up rocks in the fire. And at night, he was putting them in the jeep with them, keeping them warm."
And despite their life-threatening ordeal, they were all in good spirits.
"The littlest girl was telling me about a cartoon and the boys were asking me if I had more snacks in the truck."
Governor Brian Sandoval tweeted this message after learning of the family's location: "Very glad to hear the missing family in Lovelock has been found and they are safe! Thank you to all who worked so tirelessly to find them!"
The Seven Troughs area is named after a series of seven parallel canyons below Seven Trough Peak - elevation 7,474 feet - in the Kamma Mountains stretching north across the Pershing-Humboldt county line.
It's about 20 miles southeast of Black Rock Desert, where the annual Burning Man counterculture festival is held.
Most of the roads are dirt and more easily traveled by ATVs or other off-road vehicles.
Seven Troughs is a popular area for hunting chukars, a pheasant-sized winter game bird.
"So it's not the kind of area where there would be nobody around," Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy said. "But most chukar hunters are smart enough not to go out in the weather we have now."
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)