Couple stranded after GPS sends them down remote road

GRANTS PASS — A Nevada couple following their SUV's GPS through the high desert of Eastern Oregon got stuck in snow Christmas day when the navigation unit sent them down a remote national forest road.

Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger said John Rhodes and his wife, Starry Bush-Rhodes, were headed to Redmond for Christmas when they made a wrong turn onto a forest service road at the Klamath and Lake County line near Silver Lake.

After three days, atmospheric conditions apparently changed enough for their cell phone to get a weak signal and relay GPS coordinates to a Klamath County dispatcher, Evinger said.

They were rescued Sunday afternoon when a deputy reached them and winched their vehicle out of the snow.

Evinger said the couple is now home safe in Reno.

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