Missing family found; had sought shelter in abandoned vehicle - Tucson News Now

Missing Cochise Co. family found unharmed

The family was found in an abandoned vehicle. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) The family was found in an abandoned vehicle. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Border agents and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office teamed to find a family that was reported missing for nearly two days.

The adult and four children were found early this morning unharmed and in good condition in an abandoned vehicle. They had been hiking across the Willcox Playa and became disoriented.

They said they took shelter in the vehicle with two dogs they found on the playa.

A Customs and Border Protection aircrew from the Tucson Air Branch, agents from the Willcox Border Patrol Station assisted the Sheriff's Office with the search.

A CBP airplane equipped with a forward-looking infrared camera was used to find the family. At about 2:40 a.m. the air crew spotted the vehicle with the FLIR camera and saw "hot spots" that appeared to be people.

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