Mom, baby survive being stranded in snow for 8 days, father missing after going for help


    Mom, baby survive being stranded in snow for 8 days, father missing after going for help (KBOI)

    JORDAN VALLEY, Ore. (WKRC/KBOI) - A man from Boise, Idaho is still missing after going to look for help for his wife and baby when their vehicle got stuck in the snow.

    32-year-old Eric Rose's wife and child are safe after surviving for eight days in the snow. CBS 2's Abigail Taylor was able to discover and share how that mother kept herself and her baby alive.

    For the first three days, Eric and his wife, Frachas, built fires to keep warm. Frachas kept her 10-month-old in her sweatshirt. Eric decided to go look for help. He didn't return.

    Family says that the Roses were on their way to California, but decided to turn around for personal reasons. They tried to take a shortcut through Silver City, but didn't make it through the snow. That all happened on Thursday, February 7th. Eric left to find help on Sunday.

    Frachas was able to find a cabin, and climbed a ladder and into a window to get inside. There, she used a stove to keep warm and melted snow for bottles for her baby.

    On Friday morning, a snowmobiler found her and the baby in the cabin.

    "You know, we're just so grateful that they are... they're back with us. And, you know, in some sense grateful that my son tried to walk out and tried to find help, becasue in those back areas in the Owyhee Mountains... sometime people don't traverse those roads for weeks on end," said Kellie Rose, Eric's mother.

    The search for Eric is ongoing. The sheriff's office is using dogs and Eric's mom and sisters are staying in the Jordan Valley area to help look for him, but they are leaving the majority of the searching up to the authorities.

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