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Search underway for man in Idaho mountains after woman, baby are found in stranded truck


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OWYHEE COUNTY — A search is underway for a 32-year-old father missing for several days in a remote part of Owyhee County.

Eric Rose, 32, Francesca Watson, 29, and their 1-year-old daughter became stranded when their pickup truck got stuck somewhere between Silver City and Jordan Valley, Oregon, according to a news release from the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office.

After waiting four or five days for help to arrive, investigators say Rose left the truck to seek assistance.

On Feb. 15, after the family was stranded for more than a week, a snowmobiler happened upon the truck with Watson and the baby inside, according to KTVB. Both survived the ordeal and were taken to Jordan Valley.

Deputies have searched for Rose on foot and snowmobile. Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue crews have assisted in the effort using search dogs, but there has been no sign of the man.

Due to extreme conditions, the Owyhee Sheriff’s Office is asking all citizens to stay away from the area and roads to Silver City have been closed to the public.