PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Sunriver man, stuck in the snow in Deschutes County for 5 days, was found safe but hungry by a snowmobiler Friday afternoon, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said.
Jeremy Taylor and his dog went up Forest Service Road 40 on Feb. 24. But his Toyota 4Runner got stuck in the snow and when he woke up Monday, there was even more snow.
Taylor told investigators he and his dog, Ally, tried to walk out Monday, but the snow was too deep. They returned to his car and stayed warm over the next 4 days by starting his car periodically.
He also said he “used a few taco sauce packets” as food.
Friday afternoon, a snowmobile rider called Deschutes County 911 to report seeing Taylor and Allie near Wake Butte west of Sunriver. A search-and-rescue member used an Oregon Water Resource SnowCat to get to the man and his dog.
They were then taken to a spot and reunited with family and friends.
‘People really pulled for him’
“I just want to say thank you to everyone who showed up and who prayed,” his mother, Janet Main-Jones, told KOIN 6 News. “People really pulled for him, and as a mother that’s so important to me.”
Holding back tears, she said. “If anything had happened to him, I don’t know what I would do.”
Her son cares about his motorcycle, his dog, and his 4Runner more than just about anything else in this world, she said.
Monday night, she said he’s going to begin going through an overwhelming amount of media requests. But right now he’s still trying to get caught up at work, unfreeze the pipes at his house, dig his car back out, and get the snow off his roof.
In a statement, officials with Taco Bell said, “We’re very glad Jeremy and Ally are okay. We know our sauce packets are amazing, but this takes it to a whole new level. We’re in touch with Jeremy and are working on getting him some well-deserved tacos and a care package.”