Mark and Kristine Wathke of Cornell, who were last seen Oct. 29 leaving the northeast entrance of Yellowstone, were found Monday morning in their snowbound vehicle by a local rancher on US Route 212 near Long Lake, the Park County Sheriff's Department said in a release.
"After hearing reports of the missing couple, Troy Barnett, owner of the K Bar Z Guest Ranch, took it upon himself to search for the missing couple on snowmobile," the department said. "He located them at 8:30 a.m., cold and hungry but otherwise unharmed. Barnett said that the couple had plenty of fuel in their car and was therefore able to start the engine periodically to keep warm. They also had plenty of water and a limited amount of food."
Route 212 was closed in mid-September due to winter weather conditions.
"Residents in this area often volunteer their time and resources to assist in rescue operations," Sheriff Scott Steward said. "Mr. Barnett's actions in this instance possibly saved this couple from serious harm. I commend him for his unselfishness."
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