Updated:
Original:

Texts lead search teams to missing father and son snowmobilers

Author:

A series of text messages led search and rescue teams to a father and son from Albertville who vanished in a blizzard during a snowmobile trip in Michigan.

KSTP reports Benjamin Jenney Sr., 40, and his 19-year-old son, Benjamin Jenney Jr., are hospitalized in good health, despite hypothermic and dehydration conditions. They survived 28 hours in temperatures that dipped near minus 20 degrees.

According to Michigan State Police, the two went missing near Silver City, in the Porcupine Mountain State Park on the Michigan peninsula of Lake Superior Sunday night. They had been last seen leaving a restaurant and heading out on the snowmobile trails Sunday morning. The Upper Michigan Source reports the pair was on the trail all day, then on a river. While on the river, their snowmobiles iced up and stopped at 5:30 p.m., just as the sun was going down.

They were stranded in the back country, deep in the woods.

Authorities say at that point they tried to walk out. The snow at times was 4-5 feet deep. They had no survival gear with them. Volunteers on snowmobiles and snowshoes searched for the missing men until 1 a.m. At that point the search was temporarily called off due to weather conditions and darkness, police said.

The father and son did have a cell phone, but could not get service. They instead sent a text message reporting they were stuck in the woods. The last text said they were on foot attempting to get out of the woods, police said.

MLive/Grand Rapids News reported the Michigan Civil Air Patrol was able to use data from that last text message to narrow their location down to a 4 square mile area. A Civil Air Patrol cellular forensics team acquired the data from the network provider. Crews then received information that was texted to a relative Sunday night, stating the men planned to walk north along a creek. That’s where the search and rescue crews headed Monday morning. State police located the men Monday afternoon after searching for six hours.

The men were taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where they are recovering.

"It’s a really excellent outcome considering the very low temperatures and the amount of time they were out there in the cold," Lt. Col. Stephen Cassani said. "The fact that they had their cell phone on them may very well have saved their lives."

Next Up

unsplas - maple leaf frost fall lawn

MN gets its first frost advisories, freeze warnings of the season

The coldest spots could dip to below 30 degrees overnight.

Fleck

Ahead of Big Ten clash, Huskers fans spend their Friday mocking PJ Fleck

Huskers fans are in a playful mood ahead of Saturday's game.

Jamal Smith

New 1st-degree murder charge for man accused in youth coach's killing

A grand jury indicted the suspect in connection with the shooting of Jay Boughton.

trick or treating halloween

COVID: Mayo Clinic's tips for staying safe while trick-or-treating

A layered approach, especially for those who aren't vaccinated, is recommended.

Walz

'My patience level is gone': Walz calls on lawmakers to help hospital strain

The governor said only legislators can enact some of the needed measures.

landscape-g555db6b6e_1280

Jeep driver dies after hitting two deer, rolling into oncoming vehicle

As the SUV rolled, it struck another vehicle approaching the other direction.

carver county dog

Family's dog 'senselessly' killed with arrow in Carver County

The beloved dog was shot with an arrow on Tuesday.

Tim Walz - YouTube - Screengrab

COVID-19: Gov. Walz reveals new actions to ease hospital strain

He's putting the National Guard on alert and expanding the emergency staffing pool.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Golden Valley man killed by driver in Alexandria

The man was hit near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Hawthorne Street Thursday morning.

Stock market chart

Ex-council member pleads guilty to stock manipulation scheme

Mark Allen Miller pleaded guilty alongside one other man to conspiracy to commit security fraud in U.S. District Court.

Related