Missing trio found safe in Silverton area

Missing trio found safe in Silverton area

SILVERTON, Ore. -- A trio missing overnight were found Wednesday morning after a search east of Silverton.

The friends endured a very long night after their car got stuck in the snow. They had no food, no water -- and no way out.

"There was a moment that I thought, 'What if we all die tonight?,'" Nineteen-year-old Faith Moen said.

But Moen said she tried to stay positive as she and her friends slept in the car with the heat blasting all night.

"I just tried to keep my spirits up," she said.

Marion County sheriff's deputies mobilized the search on Wednesday morning for the trio in the areas of Silver Falls State Park, the Cascade foothills and the area of Crooked Finger Road east of Silverton.

A police spokesman reported the three friends, who had planned a day in the snow on Tuesday, were found just after 11 a.m..

Daniel Yoder, 19, of Salem; Moen, 19; and Tyler Cain, 21, both of Silverton; were headed for a day in the snow trip, but didn't specify to their parents an exact destination, deputies said.

After they failed to return home on Tuesday night, their parents notified authorities.

Deputies were able to track a cell phone ping in the area of Crooked Finger Road to locate the three.