James Glanton, 34, his girlfriend Christina McIntee, 25, their two children and a niece and nephew – the ages ranging from 3 to 10 -- drove out of town about noon Sunday in a silver Jeep with a black top to tour a series of canyons well outside the town of Lovelock, about 90 miles northeast of Reno.
They were found just before noon Tuesday, apparently huddled inside the vehicle about six miles outside town in the Kamma Mountains.
"They're alive and well and being transported to the hospital for treatment," said Pershing County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Blondheim. "This is a big relief to this community."
Veterans of Lovelock, an isolated northwest Nevada town with just one stoplight, know all about the lethal one-two punch of bitter cold winter weather and the bleak, inhospitable Kamma Mountains that surround them. The 2,000 residents also revel in their sense of neighborliness.
Those factors came together in the search for the family as scores of people took off work to join in the manhunt.
The family was headed toward the Seven Troughs area, 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.
The search began Sunday evening. Searchers included 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 was also part of the search, and the Nevada National Guard sent a helicopter equipped with infrared technology.
Among the search teams were more than 100 local residents.
"That's what this town does," said Sheila Reitz, Pershing County dispatch supervisor. "People were taking time off from work. That couple has been here forever. Everybody knows them since they were kids."