Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fixed wing aircraft, ground search teams locate stranded NAU students

Students went to Paria Plateau for school project, vehicle became disabled in deep sand

Flagstaff, Arizona -  On Monday, Feb. 13 at about 7:45 a.m. the Coconino County Sheriff’s
Office received a call of an overdue Northern Arizona University student conducting an air sampling study with her roommate on the Paria Plateau.

The two female students left Flagstaff for the Paria Plateau near Houserock Valley for a school project on the morning of Feb. 12 with intentions of returning that evening. While traveling on the plateau in the deep sand their vehicle became disabled in an area where cell phone coverage was not available.

The National Park Service at Glen Canyon received the initial report of the missing students and notified the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office of the incident Monday morning. Deputies from CCSO Page and Fredonia substations, along with a Bureau of Land Management ranger, responded to the Paria Plateau.

CCSO Search and Rescue personnel retrieved location information from maps and coordinates provided with the assistance of NAU staff. The National Park Service aided in the search of these areas with a fixed wing aircraft and located the truck driven by the students at 10:30 a.m.

Ground search teams found the two students approximately 11 ½ miles away from their vehicle near Pine Tree Pocket at approximately 10:45 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all travelers to be aware of the conditions and terrain they are traveling in and be prepared for disabled vehicles in remote areas.

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