Two sisters from Oklahoma and Nebraska missing for almost two weeks in Michigan were found by state police Friday near Lake Superior in a remote part of the Upper Peninsula.
The women – Leslie Roy, 52, and Lee Marie Wright, 56 – survived on Girl Scout cookies while stuck in their snow-crippled SUV. A pilot noticed a reflection off the Ford Explorer and landed the police helicopter on shore, ending the women’s unexpected wilderness adventure.
"It was sheer joy," Detective Sgt. Jeff Marker told The Associated Press, describing their reaction to the rescue. "It was almost disbelief that it was finally happening."
Roy of Valley, Nebraska and Wright of Depew, Oklahoma got stuck about three miles from Crisp Point Lighthouse in Luce County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They were visiting relatives in Ishperming and were planning to head south on April 11.
The two had reservations at a hotel in Mackinaw City, but did not show up after being trapped in snow on a little-used road with eight boxes of Girl Scout cookies purchases from relatives and a bag of cheese puffs, Marker said.
"They thought the road was plowed but it wasn't," he said.
There was no cellphone service in the area and the car eventually lost power as well. Roy and Wright wore layers of clothes to stay warm as overnight temperatures fell to the 20s.
"They heard crunching in the woods at night," Marker said. "They thought it was rescuers but no one came. Then they thought it was bears."
When the search began, police said the women had told others about possibly visiting waterfalls and casinos on their way to the Lower Peninsula.
The Associated Press contributed to this report