Missing Davis couple found stranded in Nevada wilderness

A Davis couple who had been reported missing when they failed to return from a camping trip were rescued after an off-duty sheriff’s officer found them stranded on a remote Nevada road.

The Davis campers aboard a rescue helicopter, Feb. 20, 2021. (Washoe County Sheriff’s Office) Diego Salido, 24, and Kira Ann Clapp, 19, had gone camping on Feb. 14 and planned to return Tuesday, Feb. 16. When they hadn’t been heard from by Thursday, family members reported them missing. They said Clapp’s credit card had last been used in Gerlach, Nevada, on the south edge of the Black Rock Desert and a 100-mile drive from Reno.

On Saturday, an off-duty Washoe County sheriff’s sergeant who was also camping in the area ran across the pair with their disabled pickup truck about 70 miles north of Gerlach. He gave them food and water and then returned to his campsite and used a satellite phone to call for help.

By 7:30 p.m., Salido and Clapp were aboard a rescue helicopter. They were reported in good condition and were reunited with family relatives Saturday night.

The spot where they were found was barely 5 miles from the site of a rescue that made national headlines in January 1993: Jim and Jennifer Stolpa and their infant son were stranded for eight days near Hell Creek after trying to take a back route from the Bay Area to Idaho.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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