A 47-year-old Brigham City woman who was reported missing last week in Nevada was found safe Tuesday afternoon. Michelle Richan was located by road crew workers in a remote area of Box Elder County.
Brigham City Police Lt. Tony Ferderber said Richan’s beige GMC Jimmy had gotten stuck in the mud along Emigrant Trail Road where it intersects with Rocky Pass Road.
“They located Michelle inside her vehicle,” explained Ferderber. “She was west of the Park Valley area. It is the road that leads to the popular rock formation called Devil’s Playground.”
Search and Rescue crews were dispatched to the area. They transported Richan back to Brigham City to be reunited with her family.
Officials aren’t sure how long Richan had been stuck. She hadn’t been seen or heard from since March 19. Police did not know why she ended up on Emigrant Trail Road, only that she was traveling from Eureka, Nevada to Brigham City.
Police had been able to track her cell phone through Nevada. They also had video of her stopping at a gas station in Wells, Nevada.
Ferderber advised drivers to avoid areas of Box Elder County that are still impassable because of snow.
“Western Box Elder County got a lot of snow this year and hasn’t dried out yet. We would definitely encourage people to be cautious and don’t go on roadways that you aren’t sure of.”
Richan reportedly had plenty of food and water in her SUV. She was in the process of building a fire to keep warm at the time she was found. Officials are unsure if her cellphone had died or if she didn’t have service where her vehicle got stuck.