An Idaho man has gone missing after venturing out for help because his family’s vehicle had gotten stuck in a remote, snow-covered area, police said.
Eric Rose, 32, was attempting to travel to Silver City with his wife and their 1-year-old child when their truck got stuck in the snow on Feb. 7, the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office said.
The family had been waiting for days when Rose said he was going to try walking to find someone to help them on Feb. 10. He was last seen near Cow Creek and Trout Creek roads, a very remote area that was densely covered with snow, authorities said.
Rose’s wife and their baby remained in the truck, but it ran out of gas on Feb. 12, according to Amy Jennings, who identified herself on social media as Rose’s cousin.
Rose’s wife managed to find a cabin nearby and climbed in through a window, and she and the baby remained there for several days, Jennings told KBOI-TV. The woman was able to use a wood stove inside the shelter to melt snow and heat bottles for the child.
They were saved last Friday, officials said.
“Thankfully a snowmobile rider found them,” Jennings wrote on Facebook. “But Eric is still missing.”
Authorities have pinged Rose’s cellphone in an effort to locate him, Jennings said. The results of those efforts were not immediately clear.
Deputies with the Owyhee Sheriff’s Office are searching the area on foot and by snowmobile, authorities said.
The Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit has also aided in the efforts to locate Rose and is combing through the area with its search dogs.
“Due to extreme conditions, Owyhee Sheriff’s office is requesting no additional citizens in the area to aid in the search,” the office said Monday. “All roads to Silver City are closed to the public.”
Jennings took to social media to thank authorities for the work being done to find her cousin and asked well-wishers for their prayers for her family.
“Whatever you have to send comfort and positivity is not only appreciated but needed,” she wrote.