Snowmobilers Survive Two Nights in Bighorns

Five out-of-state snowmobilers are in good condition today after spending two nights in the frigid temperatures of the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming.

Lt. Mark Conrad of the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office said they were found safe just after 1 today near Horse Creek Mesa. He said they just “hunkered” down and stayed together after running out of gas.

He said they were reported missing early Friday morning, about 5, by the owner of Bear Lodge Resort, who said they were last seen about 3:30 Thursday afternoon.

The sheriff's lieutenant said they're all from North Dakota, but very familiar with this area and, in particular, the Bighorns. They've been identified as two father and son teams of James Murray and son, Jared, and Rod Schilling and stepson, Dusty, and Chad Tweeten.

The lieutenant said about 50 people were searching for the missing group of snowmobilers on Friday and about 75, today. Helping the Sheridan Search and Rescue team were also the county teams from Johnson and Big Horn, and search and rescue from the lodge and forest service.

We talked with the lieutenant just as he was coming off the mountain today, and heading home, picking up the report after his department received the call. To listen to the interview click here.

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