6 Snowmobilers Missing in Colorado Are Found Alive

The Conejos (koh-NAY'-hohs) County Sheriff's Department says six missing snowmobilers have been located and all are alive.

Rescue crews said they were last seen three days ago near a 10,000-foot mountain pass in southern Colorado.

Authorities say the snowmobilers took refuge at Osier Station, a small wooden building that serves as a summertime stop on the Cumbres (KUHM'-brays) & Toltec (TOHL'-tek) Scenic Railroad -- a narrow-gauge tourist line.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Barbara Smith says the snowmobilers called 911 today from an isolated and snowbound train station, and said they were cold and hungry -- but otherwise all right.

Smith says crews are on their way to meet the six.

The snowmobilers are members of two families from Farmington, New Mexico. Betty Groen identified them as her stepson Jason Groen; his wife, Shannon; and 14-year-old daughter, Aspen. She says they were with one of Groen's employees, Mike Martin; his wife, Missy; and their 13-year-old son, Jessie.

New Mexico State Police say Colorado authorities found the group's pickup and trailer at a snowmobile parking lot.


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