In a terrifying story out of Nevada, a family of six -- four children and two adults -- is missing. On Sunday afternoon, they went in their black Jeep to play in the snow in the remote mountains of northwest Nevada.
Authorities have sent aircraft and crews on the ground to search for the family -- 34-year-old James Glanton, his girlfriend Christina McIntee, 25, and the four children: a 10-year-old, two 4-year-olds, and a 3-year-old. Only two of the children belong to the couple. The other two are relatives. This means that one mother is out there frantically searching for her little girl. It's hard to even imagine.
Amanda Fitzpatrick, mother of the 10-year-old, Shelby Fitzpatrick, told CNN that she was helping to search the mountains for the missing family:
It's been extremely hard, probably the hardest 24 to 36 hours of my life. It's my baby girl.
Can you even imagine?
The weather has been the biggest deterrent with temperatures dropping below zero again today after plunging to minus-16 degrees the day before. It's possible the group is huddled in their Jeep somewhere as cellphone communication is spotty, but no one knows what supplies they had or whether they were prepared at all for frigid temperatures and nights spent out in the cold.
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These are the kinds of stories that just make your heart race as a parent. I am sure we can all say what we would or wouldn't do in a situation like this, but being out there in the cold, alone, lost with no one to help, it's just impossible to know.
Time is obviously the most important element here. The faster authorities can work to find this family, the more likely they are to have a happy ending to this terrifying story. I can't imagine how helpless the parents of the missing children must feel. I will be hoping and praying that there is a happy conclusion to this scary story.
Wouldn't it be nice if someday this is just a family story about the time they all got lost in the woods in the cold and managed to survive? Please let this be that kind of story.
UPDATE: The family has been found. All were alive.
What do you think might have happened to this family?
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