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Missing group of 2 adults, 4 children found in Nevada's bitter cold

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(CNN) -- Rescuers located two adults and four children Tuesday who had gone missing two days earlier after they ventured to play in the snow in a mountainous area in northwest Nevada, authorities said.

The group was found safe in an area called Trinity Canyon and were in fairly good condition, according to the Pershing County Sheriff's Office. They were discovered from a distance by ground-search crews using binoculars, the sheriff's office said.

All six were in stable condition Tuesday with "no frostbite, just some exposure issues," said Patty Bianchi, CEO of Pershing General Hospital. The father of two children and the aunt of the other two children "did a fabulous job keeping them warm," she added.

Bianchi could not say early Tuesday afternoon whether they will be released or will spend the night in the hospital.

The announcement came about midday Tuesday as more than 200 people scoured a vast frozen range of Nevada spanning 6,000 square miles. The group went missing in their Jeep on Sunday, authorities said.

The disappearance of a man with his two children and a woman with her niece and nephew was among the most dramatic developments in the Arctic-like weather shocking much of the Lower 48 states.

Officials in Nevada remained undaunted despite the fact they no longer received pings off the cell phone of the missing persons, said Sheila Reitz of Pershing County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday, authorities had been encouraged when they were able to receive a couple of pings from the phone of James Glanton, 34, officials said. Cell service is spotty because the area is so remote.

Also rescued were Glanton's two children and Christina MacIntee, 25, along with her niece and nephew. The children range from 3 to 10 years old, the sheriff's office said. They all set out to play in the snow in the Seven Troughs mountain range Sunday.

A massive search for them involved vehicles, planes and helicopters, Reitz said.

Before the group was found, worries ran high as thermometers plunged below zero overnight.

"The temperatures out here are very cold, and we'd like to bring a successful end to this," Sheriff Richard Machado said on a snow-packed country road. "We'd like to find them, just as soon as we can."

Family friend Joan Weagant was also on the scene. "We just got to find them. We've known them forever, you know. And those little tiny kids can't be out there in the cold. None of them can be out there in the cold," she said.

Amanda Fitzpatrick, mother of 10-year-old Shelby Fitzpatrick, one of the missing children, had also joined the search in the bitter cold.

"It's been extremely hard, probably the hardest 24 to 36 hours of my life," she earlier told CNN's Piers Morgan. "It's my baby girl."

 

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