A Nevada woman who was stranded in a snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada Moutnains for nearly a week was rescued by her brother while she was looking for help, NY Daily News reported.
Paula Lane, 46, and her boyfriend Roderick Clifton, 44, had been missing since Nov. 29. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that couple were headed home to Gardnerville, Nev. after visiting Clifton's relative in Sacramento County. They decided to pull off the highway and go off-roading in a remote region of Alpine County near Highway 88. The couple were reported missing Saturday when Lane did not show up to a planned dinner with her mother and could not be contacted by cellphone, NY Daily News reported.
Since the two didn't have any cell service, they could not call for help, and the police could not track them. Lane and Clifton stayed the first night in their car. Clifton left for help the following morning, the Chronicle reported. When Clifton did not return three days later, Lane left by herself in a last attempt to be rescued, NY Daily News reported.
Clifton's body was found Wednesday by searchers about a mile north of Burnside Lake in California's Alpine county. Police have yet to confirm how he died, but they don't believe foul play was involved, ABC News reported.
Lane was found crawling along Highway 88 Wednesday by her brother around 8:30 p.m., said Linda Hathaway, Lane's older sister. Hathaway said her brother searched the route that Lane would have taken home since her and Clifton regularly drove from Citrus Heights to Gardnerville, ABC News reported.
"It's been a rough haul, waiting all those days, trying to know if she'd made it or not," Hathaway said at a news conference Thursday at Carson Tahoe Regional Hospital, the Carson City, Nev., facility to which Lane was taken and treated for first-degree frostbite and malnourishment, ABC News reported.
Dr. Vijay Maiya, Lane's physician, said his patient had apparently found shelter by "hiding out in a hollow tree," in addition to eating the tomatoes they had with them. "She is medically stable. She's recovering nicely," Maiya said at the news conference, adding that 25 percent of Lane's recovery would be physical and 75 percent would be "emotional," ABC News reported.
Maiya plans to keep Lane at the hospital through the weekend, so he can continue to monitor her recovery, ABC News reported.