Missing Davis couple found stranded in Nevada by off-duty sheriff’s detective

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DAVIS, Calif. (KTXL) — The families of a Davis couple are breathing a little easier this weekend after they were found safe in northern Nevada. 

It was supposed to be a two-day camping trip for President’s Day, but it turned into a nearly week adventure after the couple’s car got stuck. 

The Davis Police Department told FOX40 the couple was reported missing after they did not arrive home Tuesday.

One person, however, was in the right place at the right time and with the right resources. 

“It was definitely a relief,” said Stacy Sorenson-Ochoa, a cousin of Kira Clapp who went missing. 

She says the family didn’t have many clues to go off as to where Clapp and her boyfriend, Diego Salido, could be. 

“They were stuck there six days in the same spot,” Sorenson-Ochoa said. “They got stuck the first day out there.” 

The couple went to a remote portion of northern Nevada for a two-day camping trip and were supposed to be home Tuesday, but they never arrived. 

Salido’s family became worried on Wednesday and a missing person’s report was filed Thursday. 

“We had no idea if they were in Timbuktu. We do know their cars had been used in Gerlach at some point, but we didn’t know if that was going in or coming out. We didn’t know anything,” Sorenson-Ochoa said. 

The couple would eventually be located 200 miles north of Reno near the Sheldon National Antelope Refuge. 

“We didn’t know if we had to land in that area or perform a hoist rescue,” said Scott Zettelmeyer, a volunteer with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team. 

Zettelmeyer was one of the people who rescued the couple Saturday, but the reason they were found was because of an off-duty sheriff’s detective camping and hunting in the area. 

“It’s a little bit lucky that he came across them, and he gave us a pretty good location otherwise we didn’t have anything to go,” Zettelmeyer said. 

He adds the couple made a good decision by not leaving the car to find help. 

“There is literally nothing out there for 50 miles in any direction,” Zettelmeyer said. 

Sorenson-Ochoa says the couple is with family now, which is a positive outcome in a remote portion of Nevada. 

“I think it was overwhelming and a little traumatizing experience, but they are good,” Sorenson-Ochoa said. 

FOX40 was told Clapp is back home, but Salido’s family is still in Nevada trying to figure out how to get the car out of the area. 

It’s recommended that people who are considering camping for more than a few days bring supplies to last at least a week. Also, officials say it never hurts to have a satellite phone. 

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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