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. (Read more Nevada stories.)