Child Doesn't Survive After 3 Are Stranded in Wilderness

Vehicle carrying woman and two daughters became stuck in snow and mud
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 14, 2021 10:10 AM CDT
Child Dies After 3 Are Stranded in Colorado
The Colorado wilderness outside Craig.   (Getty/nadjarider)

A woman and her children stranded for two nights in the northwestern Colorado wilderness were found Thursday by aircraft after the 1-year-old daughter died, authorities said. The three were found about a mile away from their vehicle as the mother was walking among sagebrush and not close to any road, Moffat County sheriff’s office Lt. Chip McIntyre said. The sheriff's office said Kaylee Messerly, 36, and her daughter, 3, were taken to the hospital with exposure-related injuries, KCNC-TV reported. The 1-year-old daughter had died before the family was found, the AP reports.

The cause of the girl's death was not immediately known. McIntyre said an oil field employee, who was not identified, discovered the woman's vehicle about 6 miles north of Craig stuck in mud and snow. The worker called authorities Thursday around 8am. McIntyre said a search was launched immediately with the Moffat County sheriff’s office and search and rescue. A company provided the aircraft that found the family. Deputies are investigating.

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