Two Boise men and their three children who planned to go for a drive and possibly a hike Saturday night did not return home because their SUV got stuck in a snowbank in Elmore County.
They slept in their vehicle, then set out on foot about 8 a.m. Sunday, according to Boise Police. They walked about 19 miles in the snow to a cabin in Prairie, where they were able to use a landline to call their loved ones. They declined any medical treatment, Boise police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said.
The group included: John Julian, 38, and his children, Samantha, 8, and Isaac, 7; and William Murkle, 34, and his daughter, Megun, 10.
They were last seen about 2 p.m. Saturday, and they told family members they would be home by 5 p.m. The men said they were going for a drive and possibly a hike at either Lucky Peak or CJ Strike reservoirs.
They were driving a silver 2003 Ford Explorer with Utah license plates. At the time of the last known contact with the missing families, they were in the Lucky Peak-Arrowock Dam area, police said Sunday afternoon. That's where searchers focused their efforts.
Deputies in Owyhee County searched the CJ Strike Reservoir area, and deputies in Ada, Elmore and Boise counties also were part of the search effort.
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