Sunday was supposed to be a snow day, a chance to play in the rugged, isolated area known Seven Troughs near Lovelock, Nev. But more than 48 hours later, two adults and four children remained missing in the subzero cold and snow as rescuers resumed their aerial search Tuesday morning.
Temperatures in the remote section of northwest Nevada, about 100 miles from Reno, have fallen to as low as minus 16 degrees Fahrenheit. On Tuesday, the temperature was expected to fall below zero again.
“It's got to be brutal out there,” Mark Turney, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which runs the area, told reporters. “Let's hope they are found quick.”
The Seven Troughs area is named for a series of canyons below Seven Trough Peak in the Kamma Mountains stretching north across the Pershing-Humboldt county line. It's about 20 miles northwest of where Lovelock sits on Interstate 80 and about 20 miles southeast of the Black Rock Desert, where the annual Burning Man festival is held.
It is isolated, rugged, rough.
But that didn’t prevent James Glanton, 34, his girlfriend Christina McIntee, 25, and the four children (a 10-year-old, two 4-year-olds and a 3-year-old) from going out to play in the snow, according to the Pershing County sheriff’s office. Two of the kids are the adults' children, while one is a niece and one is a nephew, according to authorities.
The group went out around noon on Sunday in a silver jeep with a black top, deputies stated. The family hasn’t been heard from since.
It was not known what supplies they had in the vehicle.
“I'm hoping they all huddled together and stayed in the Jeep,” Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen told the Associated Press on Monday. “That would be a best-case scenario.”
The area has spotty cellular coverage, he said.
The search began Sunday evening. Rescuers include a Navy search-and-rescue team and the Civil Air Patrol, an all-volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, along with sheriff’s deputies. A special helicopter from Washoe County is also part of the search, and the Nevada National Guard has sent a helicopter equipped with infrared technology.
Two planes scoured the area Monday and three were to be used on Tuesday, officials said.