On the third day of the lost day,
on a Tuesday afternoon in late May, in the mountains on the border between Wyoming and Colorado, 44-year-old Sue Norma took off his black rucksack and placed it on the ground like a mat of pine needles. “Something is wrong,” she said to her 10-year-old daughter Dany.
The mother and daughter have been walking in this mountainous area for 3 days. According to the plan, they should have reached the end of the hiking trail on the Enkanmen River in Wyoming. However, the topographic map showed that what they saw along the way did not match the marks on the map.
Norma’s gaze fell below the map and saw the hiking trail meandering into the forest reserve of Zeckel Mountain in Colorado. She understood: “Dani, we are on the wrong path.”
Dani sat on the wood and slowly ate the noodles, which was their only food. “Will we starve to death?” she asked.
Norma laughed and patted her thighs and said, “Baby, we still have a lot of reserves in our bodies.” She said in a tone like a female bear full of intestines ready to hibernate, making Dany laugh.
Norma has been rather unhappy in recent years. Last year, when her husband left her, she also lost two jobs: She was originally employed by a health care company, but was unemployed because of the company’s bankruptcy. Later, she was hired by another health care company and moved to unaccompanied Colorado. Worked in Denver, but was fired after three weeks of work. However, Norma loved her daughter very much. Since her daughter learned to walk, she often took her to hike and fish in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. The relationship between mother and daughter is very close. At this time, she was even more reluctant to let her daughter see her anxiety. The mother and daughter believe that there will always be houses in front of them, so they continue on the road. Norma’s rucksack weighs 30 kilograms, and Dany’s rucksack weighs more than 10 kilograms. The equipment she carries includes two-person tents, support poles, sleeping bags, warm blankets, first aid kits and fishing rods. In addition, there are camping stoves, boiling pots, pans, etc., but these utensils are now useless because they ate all their food.
After walking for a while, the mountain road became narrower and narrower, and finally disappeared. On the left of them, the river is surging; on the right is the black pine Mizaza. When they looked towards the pine forest, they could only occasionally see the top of the snow-capped Contenenter mountain from the gap between the trees. At this time, Dany found the footprints of a mountain lion on the soft soil by the river. The mother and daughter quickly took out the whistle from their pockets and blew them desperately. The cheeks hurt. The sharp whistle can deter the beast.
The two continued to move forward. Dani sang as she walked, crossing the pine forest and floating into the blue sky.
Search Black Forest nowhere
in the 10 o’clock in the morning, this card County Wyoming Sheriff High Mickelson received a report telephone. A woman named Hua Xiben said on the phone that she met a mother and daughter at the campsite last Saturday morning. The mother and daughter said they would travel north along the Enkanmen River and then return to the campsite on Monday morning. But they have not come back yet, and their car is still parked in place.
Golson immediately arranged a search. He has been a county police officer for 24 years and has rich experience. All kinds of possible things came to mind immediately: The mother and daughter were attacked by bears? Stumbled into the river? The mother fell down the mountain and the daughter was lonely and helpless… The search team searched for 24 kilometers of hiking trails in Wyoming, but the mother and daughter were still missing in the evening.
On Wednesday, National Guard helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft hovered over the mountains. Dozens of search team members rode horses to search through various mountain trails, but still found nothing. Since Golsen took over this forest reserve, three people have been lost in the forest because they lost their way. People who lost their way in this mountainous area for more than 5 days have never survived.
Mother began to fear
Norma called the day of not being called by anyone, and my heart could not help but fear thrown. She and her daughter hadn’t eaten for two days, and there was a cliff blocking their way.
The mother and daughter walked slowly along the river, and finally saw a pile of wood on the water for crossing the river, so they walked carefully to the opposite bank. The river is getting more and more urgent, hitting the rocks and splashing. They found a peaceful pond, sat down to put bait on the hook, and wanted to fish for their hunger. In the end, nothing was caught, so their dinner was still a glass of river water filtered with a water purifier. As night fell, Norma carefully set up the tent, put the two sleeping bags together, and hugged her daughter to sleep.
Dani felt her mother start to be scared.
Helicopter did not look back
on Wednesday soon after dark, a police dog in a forest reserve Rattus Seckel Mountains near the entrance to find an apple core. The hound trainer also found two sets of boot prints on the soft soil not far away. A large group and a small group should be left by an adult and a child. This gave the police hope. After receiving the report, Golson ordered the search personnel to be transferred to Colorado for a thorough search the next day. He hoped it was not too late.
Norma looked around with a binoculars, her eyes staying on a steep mountain directly in front of him: “We must climb to the top of the mountain to see if there are pastures or roads nearby.”
Soon after noon on Thursday, the mother and daughter came to the northern slope of the mountain and took one step. Climb up step by step. There are countless obstacles along the way, and there are fallen trees, rocks, and snow everywhere. Sometimes the snow was thick, sometimes only a thin layer, and Dany fell into the snow pit until she reached her waist, screaming in fright.
When they reached the mountainside, there was a roar, and Norma listened carefully: it was the sound of a helicopter. The helicopter is flying towards them. She immediately yelled: “Take the blanket!”
Norma opened the rucksack, drew out the warm blanket and spread it out, holding the silver side upside down, the mother and daughter holding one side of the blanket, and lifting the blanket high. The green military helicopter flew above them without looking back. It was getting dark, and they set up a tent in a leeward location. Norma used the wax and wood strips in the fire kit to create a small fire emitting dense smoke, hoping the search team would see it. She was trembling in the cold wind, watching with frustration the thick smoke drifting down the mountain.
On Friday afternoon, the mother and daughter finally climbed to the top of the mountain. Dany squatted on the rocks to bask in the sun. Norma carefully observed her surroundings, and her eyes were full of huge mountains rising from the ground. The mountains were densely forested; the river valleys below the mountains were winding water and glistening in the sun.
Norma felt dizzy. She took out the compass from her backpack and handed it to Dani: “We walk north back to Wyoming. You are responsible for making sure that we don’t go the wrong way.”
”Let’s leave.” Dani said.
Are you Norma?
Sheriff Golson decided to stop searching in Colorado and planned to personally lead the team back to the mountains of Wyoming on Saturday to make a final search. One of the hounds was specially trained to find human remains.
But Hua Jia, a 40-year-old forest bureau law enforcement officer, vaguely felt that the mother and daughter were still in the world. On Friday night, she called her friend Holise: “Let’s go to Zeker Forest with me tomorrow. My instinct tells me that I should be able to find them there.” On
Saturday morning, Hua Jia and Holise drove to the south. Zeker Forest. At noon, they turned to horseback riding and walked along the mountain road. After about two hours, they walked to a large swamp. Holise’s horse refused to walk through the mud. When the two were discussing whether to go back or find another way, the two horses suddenly pricked their ears.
Hollys followed the horse’s sight and looked to the south: “There is a black shadow over there, is it a camel or a bear?”
She looked closer and saw the black shadow split in two.
Norma felt dizzy and splashed the icy river water on her face, hoping to get rid of sleepiness.
”There are some white things over there. They seem to be horses.” Dany said. They walked towards the white thing, and Norma saw two horses and two people immediately. She immediately ran through the mud, and when she ran about 30 meters in front of the horse, she clearly saw two women riding on the horse.
”Are you Sue Norma?” one of them asked.
Norma finally couldn’t support it, knelt on the ground and cried and said, “Yes.”
In the ambulance, the doctor checked Norma and Dany: After 7 days of getting lost in the forest, the mother and daughter were exhausted, dehydrated, and bruised all over, but they were not life-threatening. Norma lost 7 kilograms and Dany lost 3 kilograms.
Mother and daughter Sue Norma thanked everyone who ran for them, and drove back to Denver. On the way, Norma parked her car on the side of the road and got off to look at the distant mountains. Now all the bad feelings in her heart have completely disappeared. Dani rolled down the car window and said eagerly: “Mom, go home.”
On the third day of the lost day,