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RENO, Nev. (AP) — An Indiana couple who had been missing for about a week were found in a remote mountainous area in southern Nevada, but the husband was dead and the wife was taken to a hospital, said a sheriff’s official.

Ronnie Barker, 72, and Beverly Barker, 69, were found with their car late Tuesday afternoon in the Silver Peak area of ​​Esmeralda County, the Mineral Bill County Deputy Sheriff said. Ferguson in an email.

Rescue personnel from Mineral County, one of several counties involved in the search, located the couple and a military helicopter airlifted the woman to a hospital in Reno, Ferguson said.

Family members who reported the Barkers missing said in numerous social media posts that they left on a cross-country trip last month and were due to return home this week to Indianapolis. They said the couple left Albany, Oregon on March 27 and planned to meet friends in Tucson, Arizona on March 29.

The couple were towing their car with an RV that authorities said had been found stuck in a ditch.

Silver Peak is 285 kilometers northwest of Las Vegas.

Ferguson said the volunteer searchers found the couple and their car in wooded mountains about 2 miles from the camper and it was unclear why or how the bakers ended up where they did. .

“It was just one bad decision after another,” he said. “I don’t know what made them go off course. They cornered the motorhome and then, unfortunately, they cornered the car.

Ferguson said the couple had video indicating they had been in the Silver Peak area since March 27, but he said he had no information on when Ronnie Barker died or how. cause of his death.

Beverly Barker melted the snow to get water and the car provided shelter from temperatures that dipped into the 30s (1.1 below zero C) overnight, he said. “She would go out and take little walks.”

She was in good condition, but authorities chose, due to the rough roads in the area, to have her flown to a hospital in Reno for examination, Ferguson said.

Travis Peters, a nephew of the couple, told KVVU-TV in Las Vegas that Ronnie Barker’s death was a blow to the family.

“Ronnie not being alive in this family anymore is a hole, and it will never be filled…he’s just a larger-than-life personality,” Peters said.

Peters said what happened to the couple was unclear.

“Thank goodness Beverly is alive because she can fill in those blanks that we don’t know. Why did they go up the mountain? What happened?” Peters said. “She’ll be able to tell us.”

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