5 Year Old Jerold Joseph Williams Missing Since 8/6/15 Near Jacob Lake in Northern Arizona (Update: Body of Missing Boy Found)

5 year old Jerold Joseph Williams went  missing on Thursday, August 6, 2015 near Lake Jacob in Northern Arizona. According to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado City boy went missing at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday while chasing grasshoppers 100 to 200 yards from his campsite. His mother said she lost sight of him, and she and others from the campsite looked for Jerold for the next four hours. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. of a report of a missing 5-year-old boy at a campsite 12 miles south of Jacob Lake.

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Missing:Jerold Joseph Williams

Coconino County authorities are searching for a 5-year-old boy who went missing from a campsite about 12 miles south of Jacob Lake.

According to Gerry Blair with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Jerold Joseph Williams and his mother were camping with 15 to 20 friends and relatives at an unimproved campsite in the area of Highway 67 off of Forest Service Road 241. The area lies within the northern portion of the Kaibab National Forest.

Jerold was chasing grasshoppers when his mother lost sight of him at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to sheriff’s office spokesman Gerry Blair.

Jerold is described as a white male, approximately 3 feet 6 inches tall and about 35 pounds. He has a thin build, light complexion, brown eyes and brown hair that is cut very short. He had visible facial abrasions and was last seen wearing a gray or tan shirt, blue jeans, hiking boots and long underwear.

UPDATE I: Multi-Agency Task Force searches for 5-year-old boy near Jacob Lake.

Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies were immediately dispatched to the campsite. Upon their arrival they spoke with the missing child’s mother who identified her son as Jerold Joseph Williams. According to Mrs. Williams, she and her son were with 15 to 20 other friends and family members who were camping in the area.

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UPDATE II: Search continues for 5-year-old Jerold Williams, Jacob Lake.

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Coconino County Sheriff’s Office posted a notice Friday night on its Facebook page that the case is still active and ongoing with ground and air resources. The post noted that radio and phone communication is limited in the search area, which may account for limited updates.

The typical Kaibab National Forest area is high mountainous area, Kane County Director of Emergency Services Alan Alldredge said.

From what members of his Search and Rescue Team who assisted in the search Friday said, it sounds like pretty heavy forest, Alldredge said, maybe a lot of downed trees in the area that made it kind of hard to work their way through.

UPDATE III: Search enters 3rd day for Jerold Joseph Williams, 5, missing in northern Arizona.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Gerry Blair said rescuers searched for Jerold Joseph Williams by air and foot on Friday and continued during the night with ATVs and foot patrols.

U.S. Air Force helicopters equipped with night vision will continue scouring the rugged terrain in a remote area north of the Grand Canyon, Blair said.

Heavy rains and 40-mph-plus winds Friday limited the amount of time searchers were able to utilize aircraft and created extremely muddy conditions, according to Blair.

Improved weather conditions Saturday aided the approximately 300 to 350 searchers and allowed for the use of more air resources, Blair said.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information to contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at 928-774-4523.

UPDATE IV: Body of missing 5-year-old boy found in N. Ariz.

The search for a missing 5-year-old boy who wandered from his family’s campsite north of the Grand Canyon last week ended Monday evening when searchers located the child’s dead body, officials said.

Coconino County sheriff’s officials did not immediately release further details. A sheriff’s spokesman said the body was found in an area with poor cell reception and, as a result, communication with investigators was limited.

MISSING AT SEA: 14 Year Old Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos Missing Since 7/24/15 While on Fishing Trip Off the Florida Coast (Update: Coast Guard Locates Capsized Boat, No One On Board) (VIDEO)

MISSING AT SEA …

14 year old Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen of Tequesta, Florida have been missing since Friday, July 24, 2015 off the Florida coast. The boys left the Jupiter Inlet about 1:30 p.m. after buying $110 worth of fuel for their 19-foot, white single-engine vessel. It is reported that they were headed east, toward the Bahamas on a fishing trip. After the Coast Guard had searched more than 7,100 miles of ocean waters from Jupiter to Melbourne, they still have not found the missing boys.

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Missing Boys: Perry Cohen (left) – Austin Stephanos (right)

UPDATE I: Teens’ missing boat found overturned, no one on board.

It is being reported that the Coast Guard has located the missing boys 19 foot boat capsized boat that was spotted by a C-130 aircraft at 11 a.m. The Coast Guard stated that the C-130 spotted the overturned vessel at the edge of the search pattern. A helicopter from Air Station Clearwater was dispatched and lowered a rescue swimmer, who was able to confirm the registration numbers of the boat. The capsized boat was found on Sunday, 67 miles off Daytona Beach.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the boat was found 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County.

The boat cover and one personal flotation device was missing.

The boat will be anchored in place while search and rescue efforts continue.

Coast Guard confirms that boat belonging to missing boys found

UPDATE II: Continued updates of the Coast Guard  search for the missing teens.

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UPDATE III: Families hold out hope for Florida teens missing at sea.

Rescuers endured a fourth night of an anxious search for two young Floridians born and bred as boaters who vanished on the high seas.

The Coast Guard scoured an area the size of West Virginia with no sign of the boaters by early Tuesday. The 14-year-old boys’ vessel was found capsized two days earlier. But relatives and friends of the teens were clinging to hope that the expertise they acquired boating and fishing in their short lives was enough to keep them alive while apparently lost in the Atlantic.

“This isn’t something that he’s new at,” said Carly Black, the mother of Austin Stephanos, in an interview with television station WPBF. “I think they feel better on the boat than they do on land.”

UPDATE IV: Coast Guard Continues to Search for Missing Boys … Teen’s capsized boat found 70 miles off shore.

In the warm waters off the Florida coast this time of year, the Coast Guard says, someone can survive four, maybe five days.

Florida teens Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos have been missing since Friday — four days and counting.

“People can survive in the water,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th District. “It’s relatively warm, but, again, it’s a dangerous environment, and there’s only so long you could stay in the water.”

The day-and-night search is focused 60 to 70 miles (97 to 113 kilometers) off Jacksonville, north of where the boys’ capsized boat was found Sunday. Fedor said search conditions were good, but the situation is dire.

The Coast Guard says five cutters, a Navy ship and multiple planes are involved in the search.

UPDATE V: Family calls off private search for missing Florida boys.

The families of two Florida teens who went missing at sea called off their private search Sunday after weeks of trying to find them.

The private efforts began after the Coast Guard called off the search for Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, who went missing on July 24 after launching a fishing trip off the Florida coast.

“We love our boys and want them home,” the families said in a joint statement. “Today, our hope becomes our prayer — that one day Perry and Austin will be returned to us. We thank everyone for their dedicated efforts and support.”

After over a week of raising funds and calling on volunteers to help the effort, the family called it off due to no credible evidence found to help find the boys.

35 Year Old Crystal Rogers Missing Since 7/3/15 in Bardstown, KY

35 year old Crystal Rogers has been missing since Friday, July 3, 2015 in  Bardstown, Kentucky. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office continues the search for the missing Bardstown woman and is asking for the public’s help in finding her. The police found her car abandoned with a flat tire Friday night along the Bluegrass Parkway near exit 10, with her keys and personal belongings were still inside.

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Officials say Crystal Rogers was last seen on Friday afternoon. Police found her car abandoned with a flat tire Friday night along the Bluegrass Parkway near exit 10. Rogers keys and personal belongings were still inside.

Crystal Rogers is a 35-year-old white female, 5’9″ tall 150 lbs. with blonde, shoulder length hair. Rogers is from Bardstown, Ky.

Nelson Co. Sheriff’s Office Statement:

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a missing person investigation on Crystal M Rogers.

Crystal’s vehicle was located on the Bluegrass Parkway near the 14 mile marker West Bound by family. The vehicle is a maroon 2007 four door Chevrolet. It was abandoned at the 14 mile marker with a flat tire. The vehicle was left with its keys and Crystals personal belongings.

She was last seen by her boyfriend on Friday afternoon.

The family is very concerned and states that it is not like her to not be in touch.

If you know her whereabouts or have seen her please contact the Nelson County Sheriffs Department or Nelson Country Dispatch at 502-348-3211.

UPDATE II: Sister of Missing Kentucky Mother Questions Boyfriend’s Story About Last Seeing Her.

The sister of a Kentucky woman last seen more than a week ago believes her live-in boyfriend knows something about her disappearance, despite him denying involvement and police saying he has been extremely cooperative with investigators.

Crystal Rogers was last seen by Brooks Houck, her live-in boyfriend, on July 3, according to the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky. Her sister, Brooke Ballard, said she has questioned Houck’s claims that Rogers, 35, stayed up late that night and was gone when he awoke the next morning.

“The stories just don’t add up. You just don’t go to bed one night and not know she’s gone and then not worry when she left the baby,” said Ballard. “He has not offered once to search — or help — or do anything for the family.”

Houck said he had nothing to do with the disappearance of Rogers, a mother of five including his 2-year-old son. He took a polygraph test and told HLN’s Nancy Grace the results were inconclusive.

UPDATE III: Organized search held for missing Bardstown woman.

Family plans large search on Saturday for missing Bardstown woman.

Even though Crystal Rogers was last seen two weeks ago, the search to find her has not slowed down. Family, friends and complete strangers have been searching every day.

With camp set up on Kentucky 49 near the Avon Fogle Bridge for days, volunteers came to sign up and help look for the missing mother of five.

“If this was my daughter, I would want any volunteers I could get to help,” said volunteer Mary Mattingly.

Many having been coming in from out of state after hearing about Crystal’s story.

“We can’t express with words what it means to us,” said Crystal’s mother Sherry Ballard.

Cadaver dogs from Florida joined the search covering 80 acres in three hours.

“And the terrain around here is hilly, rocky, wet, it’s tough,” said Mike Gordey with Bring Them Home Search and Rescue.

Family members say several hundred people have been searching since last Saturday, covering Nelson and surrounding counties. Underwater cameras will be used in the search this weekend. Crystal’s dad Tommy Ballard said if the conditions are right, divers will be utilized as well.

30 Year Old U.S. Olympic Sailor Trevor Moore missing Since 6/25/15 in Biscayne Bay Miami, FL

30 year old U.S. Olympic sailor Trevor Moore has been missing since Thursday, June 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Trevor Moore, who is a sailing coach, was last seen early Thursday afternoon and also captured on surveillance tape when he left the U.S. Sailing Center in a 15-foot inflatable power boat. Daniel Leira stated that, “After lunch, around 1 p.m., I saw him go out in a blue RIB,” however, around 5 PM the boat was found tangled in some moorings.

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Thursday around 5 p.m. the boat was found tangled in some moorings.

“The boat was found just off the edge of Dinner Key tangled up in mooring lines by a sailboat,” said Liz Barraco, a spokeswoman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “Now everyone is out here putting in an effort trying to find this gentleman.”

On the boat were personal belongings to the 30-year-old Moore who was a member of the 2012 Olympic team sailing team.

He and his teammate are featured in a You Tube video in which that teammate Eric Storck describes Moore as “a very good skipper.” Moore says making the Olympic team was one of his goals and dreams.

Among the items found on the inflatable boat were a life jacket and a GPS.  A source told CBS4 the GPS showed that the boat reduced speed by Soldier Key, south of Stiltsville, and zig-zagged back to where it came from.  It’s believed that Moore was off the boat at that time.

U.S. Sailing has set up a GoFundMe page to assist with the cost of the search and asked anyone who could provide information to contact contact Libby Patton at 440-781-9846 or call emergency services (Coast Guard at 305-535-4562 or Miami Dade Police Non Emergency Line at 305-595-6263).

UPDATE I: Where is Olympic sailor Trevor Moore?

The Coast Guard was scrambling Friday to solve a nautical mystery — the baffling disappearance of a world-class sailor.

The 16-foot craft of U.S. Olympic sailor Trevor Moore was found off Dinner Key Thursday afternoon, tangled in mooring lines, its engine idling. But Moore was nowhere to be found.

Multiple agencies headed by the U.S. Coast Guard continued to search Friday afternoon for the Olympian.

Florida Fish & Wildlife South Region public information coordinator Liz Barraco said the search, involving more than a dozen boats and two helicopters, was focusing on an area near Soldier Key, five miles south of Cape Florida and seven miles east of the mainland. The boat’s GPS indicates at some point there was a shift in direction and speed around a mile from Soldier Key.

Personal items of Moore’s, including a life vest, remained on the VSR rigid-hulled inflatable boat when it was found after 5 p.m. Thursday. FWC will lead the investigation once the search ends.

UPDATE II: Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Olympic Sailor Trevor Moore.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday suspended its three-day search for missing Olympic sailor Trevor Moore.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones affected,” Coast Guard Capt. Michael Long said in a statement. “Despite the tireless search efforts by multiple agencies and good Samaritans, we were unable to find Mr. Moore.”

The search was called off as night fell Saturday. The Coast Guard said searchers covered more than 510 square nautical miles during the massive three-day search, which included a Coast Guard helicopter and rescue boat as well as boats from Miami police, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the National Park Service and members of the public.

 

 

61 Year Old Former White House Chef Walter Scheib Missing Since 6/13/15 in Taos, New Mexico Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Update: Found dead in New Mexico)

61 year old  Walter Scheib has been missing since Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. Scheib was last seen setting out for a hike over the weekend alone on the Yerba Canyon Trail. The local police have found only his vehicle, which was parked at the Yerba Canyon Trail Head in Taos, NM, a town some 70 miles from Santa Fe. Nearly 30 searchers, including teams with dogs and horses, have fanned out across the trails in the area, scouring for any sign of the missing Walter Scheib.

Former White House executive chef Walter Scheib has been reported missing in New Mexico’s rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where he was last seen setting out for a hike over the weekend, police said. For days since, search and rescue teams have been scouring the area to find him.

Scheib has been missing since Saturday. Local police have found only his vehicle, which was parked at the Yerba Canyon Trail Head in Taos, N.M., a town some 70 miles from Santa Fe.

Scheib, 61, earned his reputation in Washington for his New American-style cuisine, cooking for, among others, White House guests Nelson Mandela, Boris Yeltsin, Princess Diana and then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair. He served for 11 years under President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.

Crews will resume Scheib’s search and rescue mission Friday morning both on the ground and in the air, New Mexico State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Liz Armijo told The Washington Post. Authorities have been working with search and rescue dogs and using helicopters to view areas too rough and remote to reach on foot.

UPDATE I: Walter Scheib found dead in New Mexico.

The Taos News reported that Scheib’s body was found in a river approximately 20 to 30 feet off a hiking trail in the mountains above the Taos Ski Valley. The New Mexico State Police said the spot where the body was found was approximately 1.7 miles from the Yerba Canyon trail head where Scheib’s car was located.

Authorities said that they did not believe Scheib had not informed anyone of his hiking plans and was not believed to have been prepared for more than a day outdoors. Scheib had recently moved from Florida to New Mexico, and reportedly went for a hike June 13. His girlfriend reported him missing the next day. The 4-mile Yerba Canyon trail follows a canyon bottom before climbing to 3,700 feet in elevation, according to the U.S. Forest Service website.

Laura McComb and Her Two Children, 6 Year Old Andrew McComb & 4 Year Old Leighton McComb Missing Since Memorial Day Weekend in Wimberly, TX (Update: Body of Andrew McComb Recovered)

BEYOND TRAGIC … MOTHER AND TWO CHILDREN STILL MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD …

Laura McComb and her two children, 6 year old Andrew McComb and 4 year old Leighton McComb are still missing following the massive floods that hit Texas over the Memorial Day weekend. They were among 12 people who went missing as the vacation home in Wimberly, Texas, was ripped from its foundation in the rapid flood waters of the Blanco River (VIDEO). Jonathan McComb, was pulled from the floodwaters and taken to a San Antonio hospital for treatment. The McCombs were with Ralph and Sue Carey along with their daughter, Michelle Charba, her husband Randy and their 4-year-old son, Will. All are still missing. Say a prayer for the missing and their family.

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Jonathan McComb was rescued on the bank of the Blanco River, but his wife, Laura McComb, and two children,
in addition to others who were in a house that was swept away, remain missing. (Image source: KVUE-TV)

 

UPDATE I: Laura McComb Salled Her Sister and said,  ‘I Love You, and Pray’ While Inside the House Floating Down the Blanco River Called Her Sister Before It Hit Bridge.

Missing mom’s sister Julie Shields says, “I think recognizing with what’s happening with the weather, we all know and we have accepted that they’re gone.”

Julie Shields said she was on the phone with her sister, Laura, when their cabin was swept away.

“We are floating in a house that is now floating down the river,” Laura told Shields on the phone. “Call mom and dad. I love you, and pray.”

Those were the last words Shields had with her sister.

“My sister will always be my sister,” Shields added.

The conversation ended when Laura thought she saw a light from a helicopter that was there to rescue them.

“And I just expected to go to Wimberley High School the next day and find her,” said Shields. “When she wasn’t there, I knew something was very, very wrong.”

UPDATE II: Body of 6-year-old Andrew McComb Recovered.

The body of Andrew McComb, 6, whose family was in a house washed away by floodwaters in Wimberley, Texas, has been found, a Hays County, Texas, official said Friday.

The body was found Thursday evening near the border of Hays and Blanco counties, according to Trey Hatt, spokesman for the Hays County Emergency Operations Center, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities earlier this week reported recovering the body of a child from the Blanco River in Hays County, but did not identify the child.

Andrew McComb’s identity was confirmed using dental records, an official said today.

The Body of Missing 43 Year Old Michelle Carey-Charba Found Following Texas Floods on Memorial Day Weekend

Sad new in the case of missing 43 year old Michelle Carey-Charba, who was one of 8 people swept away in Central Texas as a result if the raging flood waters over Memorial Day weekend. . A body was identified on Wednesday as Michelle Carey-Charba.

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Michelle Carey-Charba and her son, William, went missing during flash flooding in Wimberley, Texas,
over the Memorial Day weekend. Carey-Charba’s body was found and identified Wednesday.

A body was identified Wednesday as one of the eight people swept away when their vacation home in Central Texas was lost amid raging floodwaters over the Memorial Day weekend.

The discovery of 43-year-old Michelle Carey-Charba came as her family told NBC News that they were still holding out hope for the safe recovery of all of the missing who had been inside the home.
A ninth person — family friend Jonathan McComb — was found alive Sunday after being carried several miles away from where the house once stood in the small tourist town of Wimberley. He was being treated in the hospital for a collapsed lung, a broken sternum and broken ribs, his family said.

McComb’s wife, Laura, and their two children, Andrew, 6, and Leighton, 4, were also in the home and are still missing, along with Carey-Charba’s husband, Randy Charba, their 4-year-old son, Will, and her parents, Ralph and Sue Carey.

Searchers made a grim discovery in the Blanco River Wednesday when thebody of a boy was found in the river in Hays County, the city of San Marcos said in a statement Wednesday evening.

The child’s age and identity have not been determined, and it is unknown whether he is on a list of those known missing, or another victim not previously reported missing, the city said.

Carey-Charba’s brother-in-law, Alan Daniel, said Wednesday that the search isn’t over: “We’re not going to stop looking until we’ve found them.”

Authorities said at least 23 people were killed and another 11 were missing after a series of storms pummeled Texas and Oklahoma,causing historic flooding in a region that had been crippled by severe drought.

The Careys own the home in Wimberley, where the Blanco River swelled 28 feet in an hour and a half. The McCombs are family friends, and they were all spending the Memorial Day weekend together.

24 Year Old Abbey Russell Missing Since 4/25/15 in Stillwater, MN (Update: A Body Recovered From St. Croix River)(Update: Found Deceased, Body Identified As Missing Stillwater Woman)

24 year old Abby Russell has been missing since early Saturday morning, April 25, 2015 in Stillwater, Minnesota. Abby was last seen at her house around midnight, near the intersection of Poplar Street and Highway 95 (MAP). She was reported missing  2 a.m. Saturday. The Stillwater police are asking for your help to locate Abby Russell. The missing 24 year old is described as being 5-foot 7-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and having shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes.

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The Stillwater Police Department responded to a report of a missing female in the area of Highway 95 and Poplar Street. The woman, identified as Abby Russell, was last seen at her residence.

She is described as 5 foot-7, 150 lbs., with shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes.

Extensive ground and aerial searches have been conducted since her disappearance was reported.

UPDATE I: No signs of missing Stillwater woman in St. Croix River search.

A sonar search Monday afternoon of the St. Croix River near the Stillwater Marina turned up no sign of Abbey Russell, a 24-year-old Stillwater woman who has been missing since early Saturday.

The area was searched after bloodhounds showed “moderate interest” in it, said Sgt. Jeff Stender of the Stillwater Police Department. Though the lead was not promising they decided to search the area with side-scanning sonar, which provides a relatively clear picture underwater, so the area could be ruled out if the search proves fruitless.

UPDATE II: FACEBOOK – Help Find Abbey Russell

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UPDATE III: Body Recovered From St. Croix River, North Of Stillwater.

Authorities retrieved a body from the St. Croix River early Saturday afternoon, just north of downtown Stillwater.

According to a press release, both the Washington County Sheriff’s office and the Stillwater Police Department assisted in the recovery.

The body was found in the area where police have been searching for Abbey Russell, a 24-year-old Stillwater woman who hasn’t been seen since last Saturday.

If anyone has any with information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Stillwater Police Department at 651-351-4900.

UPDATE IV: Body Pulled From St. Croix Identified As Missing Stillwater Woman.

Officials have identified the body pulled from the St. Croix River on Saturday as 24-year-old Abbey Russell, the Stillwater woman who’s been missing for a week.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Sunday afternoon, saying that the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office was able to identify the body, which was found in the river just north of downtown Stillwater.

No foul play is suspected in Russell’s death. However, the medical examiner’s full statement has yet to be released, pending a toxicology report.

Two Sisters Missing Since 4/11/15: Leslie Roy & Lee Marie Wright Found Safe in the Upper Peninsula near Crisp Point, MI on Lake Superior … Survived on Girl Scout Cookies & Snow Water

FOUND SAFE AFTER MISSING NEARLY A WEEK …

Leslie Roy and Lee Marie Wright, two sisters from Oklahoma and Nebraska had been missing for nearly two weeks since April 11, 2015 in Michigan have been found alive in the Upper Peninsula. The two sisters checked out of a motel in Ishpeming on April 11 after visiting relatives and had planned to spend that night in Mackinaw City, a three-hour drive, but didn’t arrive. According to the police, their vehicle became stuck near Crisp Point on Lake Superior, in a remote area of Luce County. The two stayed with the vehicle, which was eventually spotted by a search helicopter Friday afternoon. Roy and Wright were found about 2:20 p.m. EDT while State Police were conducting an air search in a remote area of northern Luce County near Crisp Point on Lake Superior.

State police Sgt. Brent Rosten describes Leslie Roy and Lee Marie Wright as a “little weak” but “alive and well.”

Police say their vehicle became stuck near Crisp Point on Lake Superior, in a remote area of Luce County. There is a lighthouse there. The sisters stayed with the vehicle, which was spotted Friday by a helicopter.

Roy and Wright have been missing since April 11 when they checked out of a motel in Ishpeming after visiting relatives. They had planned to spend that night in Mackinaw City, a three-hour drive to Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

UPDATE I: Two sisters missing nearly 2 weeks in Michigan survived on cheese puffs, Girl Scout cookies.

Sgt. Kevin Dowling of the Michigan State Police said the women were “alive and well and in good condition.’’

The pair survived on cheese puffs and eight boxes of Girl Scout cookies, as well as snow for water, according to the Grand Rapids Press.

Leslie Roy, 52, of Valley and Lee Wright, 56, of Depew, Oklahoma, checked out of an Ishpeming motel April 11, ate breakfast and then bought gas for their 2010 white Ford Explorer.

7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Devastates Nepal … Killing More than 1,000 People (Update: More Than 1,900 Killed in Quake)(Update: Death Toll More Than 3,700)(Update: Nepal Death Toll at 5,045 Deaths)

7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Nepal …

A  7.8 magnitude earthquake has stuck Nepal in an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara. The government is reporting that nearly 700 people have died from the massive earthquake; however, the numbers are  sadly expected top rise. The earthquake is the worst one in Nepal in 81 years as it toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu and touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.

Nearly 1,000 are known to have died in a powerful earthquake in Nepal, with many more feared trapped under rubble, officials say.

The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said.

Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest.

The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas.

A national police spokesman told the BBC that 970 people had died in the quake, and that more than 1,700 had been injured. At least 539 people were killed in the Kathmandu valley, he added.

Nepali Information Minister Minendra Rijal said there had been “massive damage” at the epicentre, from where little information is emerging.

UPDATE I: At Least 1,457 Dead After Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal.

A massive earthquake near the capital of Nepal killed at least 1,457 people today as it collapsed temples and triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest.

The magnitude-7.8 quake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The death toll, estimated by the Nepalese Army, was expected to rise, said officials.

Another 1,055 were injured, said the country’s finance minister, Ram Sharan Mahat. It’s the worst earthquake in Nepal in over 80 years, according to the Associated Press.

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CNN – 7.8 magnitude quake slams Nepal; hundreds dead

UPDATE II: Devastating Nepal quake kills over 1,000, some in Everest avalanche.

A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing more than 1,000 people, toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu and touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.

There were reports of devastation in outlying, isolated mountainous areas after the midday quake of magnitude 7.9, Nepal’s worst in 81 years, centered 50 miles (80 km) east of the second city, Pokhara.

As fears grew of a humanitarian disaster in the impoverished Himalayan nation of 28 million, an overwhelmed government appealed for foreign help. India was first to respond by sending in military aircraft with medical equipment and relief teams.

A police official said the death toll in Nepal alone had reached 1,130, more than half of them in the Kathmandu Valley. A further 36 fatalities were reported in northern India, 12 in Chinese Tibet and four in Bangladesh.

UPDATE III: Everest climbers jolted; at least 8 dead at base camp.

A powerful earthquake in Nepal sparked a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least eight people at the base camp.

The base camp is where journalists, climbers and their families gather and get news to the world about developments at Everest, the world’s highest mountain above sea level.

At least one team of climbers on Everest appears to be safe after a few hours of anguish in which the expedition leader asked for prayers on social media in the wake of the massive earthquake in Nepal.

UPDATE IV: The Guardian – Nepal earthquake: death toll exceeds a thousand – live updates.

  • More than 1,000 people have been reported dead after a huge 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal
  • The country’s deputy prime minister, Bamdev Gautam, has declared a state of emergency and appealed for humanitarian assistance across the region.
  • 18 climbers were found dead on Mount Everest after the tremor triggered an avalanche. Many more are trapped.
  • The total death toll has risen quickly throughout the day, and is now thought to include at least 634 in the Kathmandu Valley and 300 more in the capital.
  • 36 people have also been reported dead India, 12 in China, four in Bangladesh and six in Tibet.
  • The quake caused dozens of buildings in Kathmandu to collapse, including the historic Dharahara Tower.

UPDATE V: More than 1,900 killed by 7.8-magnitude quake in Nepal.

At nightfall, Nepal’s capital became a tent city, as thousands of residents displaced by Saturday’s devastating earthquake stayed in their dark gardens and out on the cracked streets and lanes, afraid to go back inside because of waves of aftershocks, including a powerful jolt Sunday that the U.S. Geological Survey said measured 6.7 magnitude and which sent people fleeing for open ground and safety.

It had been a pleasant Saturday morning, with families just sitting down to lunch and tourists thronging to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square when the temblor hit, a horrible rocking motion that seemed to go on without end. The quake was ultimately felt across South Asia — in Lahore, in New Delhi, in Dhaka. Snow avalanched down Mount Everest. Buildings fell, mud-joined huts collapsed. By the end of the night, more than 1,900 lay dead, Nepalese officials said, with countless more injured.

UPDATE VI: Death toll from a devastating earthquake rose past 3,700.

Rescue workers raced to reach remote rural villages in Nepal Monday as the official death toll from a devastating earthquake rose past 3,700 and threatened to climb.

Nepal police said in a statement Monday that the country’s death toll had risen to 3,617 people. That number does not include the 18 people confirmed dead in an avalanche that swept through the Mount Everest base camp in the wake of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake. Another 61 people were killed in neighboring India. China reported that 20 people had died in Tibet.

Reports received so far by the government and aid groups suggest that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope. Udav Prashad Timalsina, the top official for the Gorkha district, near the epicenter of Saturday’s quake, said he was in desperate need of help.

“There are people who are not getting food and shelter. I’ve had reports of villages where 70 percent of the houses have been destroyed,” he said.

Nepal quake: Death toll passes 3,700 amid fears of devastation in rural areas.

The death toll in Nepal from the earthquake that struck two days ago has risen to 3,726, Nepalese police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam said Monday.

As the death toll from Nepal’s worst earthquake in decades surged past 3,400 on Monday, big questions remained about the scale of the devastation in rural areas.

The destruction in Kathmandu, the capital, is stark: Revered temples reduced to rubble, people buried in the wreckage of their homes, hospitals short on medical supplies overflowing with patients. Serious damage is also reported in villages in the surrounding valley.

But farther out across Nepal’s rugged landscape — closer to the epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude quake that struck Saturday — the situation is worryingly murky.

UPDATE VII: The official death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal has increased.

The official death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal has increased.

Nepal police late Wednesday reported 5,045 deaths had occurred in Nepal.

It also said more than 10,100 people had been injured and 7,400 of them remained hospitalized.

In addition, 19 people were killed on Mount Everest, 61 people were killed in India and China reported 25 deaths in Tibet.

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