Brother finds woman missing in Sierras 6 days, boyfriend dies

Officers are looking for a couple who haven't been seen since they left a Sacramento suburb to drive through the Sierra.
December 7, 2012 4:09:15 AM PST
A woman's story of survival is emerging after she was lost in the Sierras for six days. Unfortunately, her boyfriend didn't make it.

Paula Lane's brother found her Wednesday night in Alpine County. Deputies say she and Roderick Clifton went off road after leaving Sacramento last Thursday, to try out his new four-wheel drive Jeep. Then the storms hit and they got stuck in the snow.

Clifton left the car to find help. When he didn't return after a few days, Lane set out on her own. Official search crews couldn't find them, so her brother started looking on his own.

"And last night when my brother called, I took the call, and to hear him say 'I found her, I found her'... I can't explain it for you guys," said Linda Hathaway, Lane's sister.

Lane survived by taking shelter in a hollow tree, and eating snow and tomatoes she had gotten from relatives.

Deputies say Clifton drove around a locked gate on a closed dirt road off Highway 89.


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