2 Missing Minn. Snowmobilers Found in Mich.

Updated: 01/30/2014 12:28 PM
Created: 01/27/2014 3:26 PM
By: Megan Stewart

Two Albertville, Minn., men who were missing overnight in blizzard conditions during a snowmobile trip in Michigan have been found.

According to Michigan State Police, 40-year-old Benjamin Jenney Sr. and his 19-year-old son, Benjamin Jenney Jr., went missing in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Sunday night after experiencing trouble with their snowmobiles.

They had been last seen leaving a restaurant and heading out on the snowmobile trails at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

They were able to send texts reporting they were stuck in the woods. The last text they were able to send said they were on foot attempting to get out of the woods, police said.

Blizzard conditions rocked the area with snow at least 4 to 5 feet deep and wind chill values around 25 below.

Police said volunteer snowmobilers searched for the missing men until 1 a.m. The search was then temporarily called off due to weather conditions and darkness, police said.

State police were able to locate the men around 2 p.m. on Monday using a triangulated method that tracked their location through transmissions from their cellphones, according to the air patrol.

Authorities tell KSTP they were able to narrow down their search because one of the men sent a text message asking for help around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

It is believed the men are in good health, despite hypothermic and dehydration conditions, police said. They were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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