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The area near Highways 88 and 89, where missing couple Roderick Clifton and Paula Lane were found Wednesday evening.


Paula Lane, who went missing for nearly a week with her boyfriend, survived on tomatoes and snow after the couple had gotten lost on the way home to Gardnerville, Nev., according to doctors.

Lane and her boyfriend, Roderick Clifton, got lost last week after leaving Clifton’s mother’s home in Citrus Heights Nov. 29. The couple had reportedly gone off-roading and became stuck in the snow.

Lane’s doctor told the press Thursday that Clifton was the first to try to find help. When he didn’t return, Lane took some blankets and began trudging through waist-deep snow. As it became dark, Lane slept in a hollowed out tree. She survived by eating tomatoes and snow.

The next day, Lane reportedly heard an engine sound and began yelling. It was her brother driving a tractor, Lane’s doctor said.

Clifton and Lane were found Wednesday evening, six days after leaving Citrus Heights. Clifton did not survive.

Lane is said to be doing O.K., relatively. She has some frostbite.

Lane’s sister, Linda, also addressed the media. She told reporters that she had to sit down with Lane’s 11-year-old twin sons to tell them that their mother might not be coming home. Later that night, Linda got a call that the couple had been found.

Luana Munoz contributed to this report.