Nevada Family Missing After Going to 'Play in Snow'

Search is on for couple, 2 kids, niece and nephew

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 10, 2013 8:07 AM CST

(Newser) – A Nevada couple and four children went to "play in the snow" Sunday and never returned, according to the Pershing County Sheriff. James Glanton, 34, and Christina MacIntee, 25, took their two children, 3 and 4, and a 10-year old niece and 4-year-old nephew into the remote Seven Troughs area in northwest Nevada, about 20 miles southeast of the Black Rock Desert, where Burning Man is held each year. Family members reported the group missing Sunday night; they haven't been heard from since they left, the AP reports.

Their silver Jeep was last seen "doing wheelies or donuts" at a mining camp, a dispatch supervisor tells NBC News. Temperatures in the mountains were "minus 21" Sunday night, she adds, and have been "brutal" since, according to a US Bureau of Land Management spokesperson. The search effort includes a Navy helicopter, planes, a search and rescue team, and a volunteer arm of the Air Force. "I'm hoping they all huddled together and stayed in the Jeep," says a Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper. "That would be a best-case scenario." Three planes could be dispatched to search for them today, and while several inches of snow have fallen, authorities hope the black top on their silver 2005 Jeep will help make it easier to spot from the air.

This undated family photo provided by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office shows James Glanton.
This undated family photo provided by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office shows James Glanton.   (AP Photo/Family Photo via Pershing County Sheriff's Office)
This undated family photo provided by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office shows Christina McIntee.
This undated family photo provided by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office shows Christina McIntee.   (AP Photo/Family Photos via Pershing County Sheriff's Office)
This undated family photo provided by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office shows Shelby Fitzpatrick, left, and Chloe Glanton.
This undated family photo provided by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office shows Shelby Fitzpatrick, left, and Chloe Glanton.   (AP Photo/Family Photo via Pershing County Sheriff's Office)
This undated family photo provided by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office shows Evan Glanton.
This undated family photo provided by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office shows Evan Glanton.   (AP Photo/Family Photo via Pershing County Sheriff's Office)
This undated family photo provided by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office, shows Tate McIntee.
This undated family photo provided by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office, shows Tate McIntee.   (AP Photo/Family Photo via Pershing County Sheriff's Office)
Some of the area being searched for two adults and four children missing in Nevada's Pershing County is shown Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
Some of the area being searched for two adults and four children missing in Nevada's Pershing County is shown Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton)
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