Woman Stranded In The Sierra Recalls Ordeal

CARSON CITY, Nev. (December 10, 2012)—Paula Lane, a Nevada woman who survived six frigid days in the Sierra, said Monday she asked her boyfriend not to venture out for help after their Jeep became stuck in mud on a back road.

Paula Lane says she remembers telling Roderick Clifton, 44, they should stay with vehicle and ride out the storm together.

Instead, she said Clifton gave her a wave and walked away.

On Monday’s “Today Show," Lane said she knew she'd never see Clifton again.

Lane is recovering from frostbite at a Carson City hospital.

Her brother and a friend rescued her on Dec. 5, six days after she and Clifton became stranded in California's remote Hope Valley while traveling back to Gardnerville from visiting relatives.

Clifton's body was recovered the same day.


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