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N.M. man found alive, wife dead in Ariz. after stranded by snowstorm

Chandler Police Department

Dana and Elizabeth Davis

CHANDLER, Ariz. --  Arizona police said Wednesday an elderly New Mexico couple reported missing this week have been located in a rural area of eastern Arizona.

Dana Davis, 86, was found disoriented but alive. His wife, Elizabeth, 82, was found dead.

"We are sad to report Elizabeth Davis has been found deceased by Gila County Sheriff's Deputies," read a news release from Chandler police. "Mrs. Davis apparently suffered a medical condition while attempting to walk back with her husband towards the highway."

Read the original report from KOB-TV

The couple had been driving from Chandler, Ariz., to their home in Albuquerque when they failed to arrive as planned on Dec. 1. Friends and family notified police when the couple didn't return home.

They said the couple wanted to stop in Socorro, N.M., to visit a national wildlife refuge and planned on driving Arizona Highway 60 through Globe into Eagar, then into New Mexico.

According to the Glendale police press release:

The following details were provided by Mr. Davis.

Mr. and Mrs. Davis left Globe on Thursday, December 1st with the intent on traveling on US 60 to Socorro, New Mexico.

Upon leaving Globe the Davis' inadvertently ended up on US70.

After looking at a map the Davis' located a forest road that connected with US60. They began driving on this road with the intent on reaching US60.

About six to 10 miles on the forest road the vehicle became disabled.

During this time two winter storms moved into the southwest bring snow, and very cold temperatures to this portion of Arizona.

The couple survived in the vehicle until Tuesday, December 6th when the vehicle ran out of gas.

The Davis' decided to try and reach the highway on foot. Not long into their hike Mrs. Davis collapsed and died.

After trying to revive his wife, Mr. Davis continued walking along the road through the evening where he took shelter under a tree.

This morning Mr. Davis continued walking where he was contacted by an officer from the Arizona Game & Fish Department near US60.

The Arizona Civil Air Patrol then located the Davis' vehicle shortly thereafter.

Next of kin have been notified, police said.

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