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Texas family lost in Colorado snowy wilderness found after 24 hours

Saja Hindi, Denver Post

A Texas family that got stuck in the snowy wilderness of the San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado for 24 hours was found alive and without major injuries.

A couple in their 30s and their 12-year-old daughter were driving a truck from El Paso to Norwood, about 20 miles southwest of Telluride, delivering furniture, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office. About 7 p.m. Monday, a family member called police to report them overdue, and a search began into the night looking for them.

The search was unsuccessful, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. But on Monday morning, Undersheriff Eric Berg found their truck before 9 a.m. while flying his personal aircraft, according to the sheriff’s office. The family was then found a couple miles from the truck walking on a forest service road near Belmear Mountain, about 35 miles south of where they had planned to go.

The father told sheriff’s deputies that they were using an electronic GPS for the fastest route from Durango to Norwood and got stuck in the snow Monday morning. They couldn’t dig the truck out of the snow, so they ran the engine for heat and used the blankets that were covering the furniture for warmth.

On Monday morning, they wrapped their shoes with shipping plastic and started to walk in the deep snow until they were found, the sheriff’s office said.

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