Nevada woman trapped in snow for 6 days tells her harrowing story
Paula Lane survived for six days in the snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains after she and her boyfriend got lost when they took a detour to go off-roading on their way home.
Lane, of Gardenerville, Nev., survived by sleeping in a hollowed out tree and eating green tomatoes.
Her boyfriend, Roderick Clifton, left to get help and never came back. After a few days, Lane knew something was wrong.
“He died trying to save my life,” Lane told Fox 40 TV in an interview at her home in Gardenerville, about 15 miles east of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
She is now recovering from severe frostbite and mourning the loss of her boyfriend.
“I came across where he was laying in the road. He looked peaceful,” Lane said. “I sat there for a half-hour and talked to him and thanked him for trying to save my life and told him I would make sure he wasn’t forgotten.”
Lane was found by her brother, Gary, six days after being reported missing. She and Clifton had left Clifton’s mother’s home in Citrus Heights, near Sacramento, on Nov. 29.
Photo: Paula Lane. Credit: Fox 40 TV