Sisters, Leslie Roy, 53 and Lee Marie Wright, 56, who went missing on their way to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and became stranded in heavy snow, have been reunited with their family on Saturday.
The two woman were traveling together to visit their other sister who was in a nursing home in Ishpeming. From there they planned to stop at some tourist spots in the UP and then travel to Kalamazoo to visit more family.
But, their arrival time came and went and the family called the police to report them missing.
Leslie and Lee were set to check into a hotel in Mackinaw City but they never made it. Authorities began searching for them and even went to the waterfalls where they told their family they might go, but the sisters had never been there.
A description of the white Ford Explorer was passed to police but the car had not been spotted, leaving speculation they may have gone off major roads.
Then on April 24, Leslie and Lee were found near Crisp Point on Lake Superior by a helicopter searching for them. Both women got out of the car and began waving their hands in the air. Lee had her bible in her arms.
“MSP Aviation noticed a glimmer off of the windshield of the vehicle. We had to circle several times to see the vehicle because they were underneath the trees,” MSP DSgt. Jeff Marker told Upper Michigan Source.
The sisters said they got stuck in the snow in their car back on April 11 and could not get unstuck. Because they didn’t know where they were, they opted to stay in their car. Luckily they did have some Girl Scout cookies and Cheese Puffs with them that helped fight off the hunger pangs. They also tried to ration the gas in the car so they could turn on the heater and get warmed up, and melt some snow to drink.
“They survived on eight boxes of Girl Scout cookies, and a bag of Cheese Puffs,” Detective Sgt. Jeff Marker of the Michigan State Police told ABC News.
Lee feels there was divine intervention that helped them survive their two week ordeal, and thanked God for their safe return.
“Through the days and nights while in the woods, we survived using love and hope in our families,” they said in an emailed statement. “Our faith in God held our confidence that we would eventually be found. We took note of circling aircraft, available water resources, the supplies we had with us. These factors eased our mind and allowed us to stay alive for thirteen long days,” reported the Chicago Tribune.
“It is truly a miracle they were found,” said Marker.