- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - A California couple has been rescued after being stranded in their van for days on a muddy forest road in a remote part of western New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police say Kimberly and David Duran of Whittier were trying to take a scenic route home Saturday but ran into snow-covered, rutted roads.

Rescuers reached the couple Wednesday after David Duran called 911 from a ridgetop where he found cell service. The couple told authorities they had food in their van and melted snow to drink.

Authorities had been searching since family members reported them missing Monday. Cell phone records helped to identify a general area but officers were unable to locate any tracks or footprints. Aircraft also turned up no signs.

After pinpointing the Durans’ location, authorities used off-highway vehicles to reach them.

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