Search and Rescue finds missing couple

Pair was stranded for the night in Powderwash Basin after rabbit hunting


— Moffat County Search and Rescue officials have found a local man and woman who were stranded for a night in Powderwash Basin.

Jimmy Weber Jr., and Leona Backus had been missing since 10:30 a.m. Monday but were found at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

A Search and Rescue official said Weber and Backus’ truck broke down while the two were rabbit hunting.

“Thank God it wasn’t as cold as it was a couple weeks ago,” Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said about the couple spending the night on a county road.

Kristy Miner, Search and Rescue lieutenant, said the couple hiked away from the truck Tuesday morning and were found on an unknown county road by a Halliburton truck driver.

They were not injured, Miner said, but they were transported to a clinic in Baggs, Wyo., for general heath checks.

Search and Rescue has worked on about three missing persons cases this year, an official said. So far, there have been no fatalities, and everyone has been found.

If anyone needs to file a missing person report, they should call 911, and dispatch will alert the Search and Rescue team.


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