PERSHING COUNTY, Nevada-
Cell phone forensics helped track down two adults and four kids missing for nearly two days in bitter winter conditions.
Civil Air Patrol, working with Pershing County Sheriff’s deputies and other agencies, located 34-year-old James Glanton, 25-year-old Christina MacIntee, and the four children, ages 10, 4, 4, and 3, Tuesday afternoon.
The Civil Air Patrol’s cell phone forensics team helped search crews in the two-day effort.
“The cell phone forensics team pinpointed where they could not possibly be and their efforts were very time-consuming. This morning they provided a key clue that redirected the search and led to the rescue,” Col. Tim Hahn, Nevada Wing Commander, said.
Another searcher with binoculars also focused in on the family’s silver Jeep Grand Cherokee. Ground crews reached the stranded family inside their jeep, and preliminary reports say they all appear to be ok.
Overnight temperatures in the area dipped to 20 degrees below zero.
Civil Air Patrol, which is affiliated with the U.S. Air Force, is a non-profit organization operating about 550 aircrafts around the country.