Missing New Mexico Couple Lived in Car For Five Days to Avoid Eastern Arizona Storms; Wife Found Dead

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Chandler Police Department
Elizabeth and Dana Davis
A missing New Mexico couple -- last seen in Chandler last week -- lived in their car for five days to avoid storms that pounded eastern Arizona over the weekend after they got lost in a remote area east of Globe

Chandler Detective Seth Tyler says Dana Davis, 86, and his wife, Elizabeth Davis, 82, were found this morning by an Arizona Game & Fish Department officer.

Dana Davis was found walking down a forest road. Elizabeth Davis was found dead near the couple's vehicle.

After getting rescued, Dana Davis told authorities he and his wife
left Globe on Thursday with the intent on traveling on the US 60 to Socorro, New Mexico, where they planned to visit the Bosque Del Apache wildlife refuge.

The couple inadvertently ended up on the US 70. After looking at a map, the Davises located a forest road that would hook them up with US 60. 

About 10 miles down the forest road the couple's car became disabled. Simultaneously,
two winter storms hit the southwest, bringing snow, and freezing temperatures to the area where the Davises found themselves stranded.

The couple survived by staying
in their vehicle until Tuesday, when it ran out of gas, Dana Davis later told police.

The Davises then decided to try and hike back to a main road. Elizabeth, however, collapsed and died shortly into the hike. After trying to revive her, Dana Davis kept walking until he was found this morning.

Dana Davis is recovering at a Globe hospital. The exact cause of Elizabeth Davis' death won't be known until the county medical examiner conducts an autopsy.


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13 comments
mike
mike

in 1981 I lived in globe for a time and had a motorcycle,and loved to take back roads to see where they led to.I went down the same trail they were found on,it starts out a two lane hwy. but soon becomes a basic cattle trail the mormans traveled on,with steep grades and very narrow track width on a mountain slope(think 1880's wagon track width).It was a scary afternoon on a mid sized streetbike to take a trip down that trail!With no cell phones then(maybe even now,with the terrain)you could be there a long time!

Billy
Billy

Next time buy a jacked up bad ass  4 wheel drive jeep or a hummer  $$ if you wanna go off roading in the hollar like country moonshners and redneck hillbillys from Kentucky. these people were being very dumb doing that off road crap in a Buick lasaber a well known slow moving low slung old folks automobile from  retired white surburbia. what were they thinking? they werent.

Gravely Concerned
Gravely Concerned

So the couple was in their car for five days facing two bad storms, in Gila County, before they decided to leave their car. From what the public knows, driving towards New Mexico on highway 60. I would like to see what local authorities did to assist in finding the couple. I would like to see the emergency response plan available through a public records request, if one was completed. My point is that there are numerous issues being in or driving through Gila County, not from the hazards on the roadway or unsafe road conditions, but from the unsafe conditions within the Gila County Sheriff's Office. If anything, this tragic event can help prevent further tragedies provided we find out what steps were taken or not taken to find this elderly couple. There are many other unsafe conditions in Gila County.         

Think
Think

Never turn off the main paved road onto a dirt side road that leads to nowhere. if you look for trouble it will find you, and it found these two.

Lash Larue
Lash Larue

Give your aging grandparents or parents a cell phone for Christmas and teach them how to use it. and never leave your car if you are stranded.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

That's too bad. It seems like they did everything right until they left the vehicle. Although to be honest it's hard to know what anyone would do when that happens. I know I am young and I could probably hike my way out, but for older people hiking 10 miles or more is tough to do.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

sorry to burst your bubble, but I have taken my stock 98 Civic hatchback out on the rural roads of AZ. YOU DO NOT NEED A Jeep to enjoy the offroads of AZ! been to Crown King, Bumblebee, Sheep's Crossing, and many other places in my stock civic.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I am not familiar with Gila county nor it's unsafe conditions but every time I leave Maricopa county I am excited. It means I have left Sheriff Jokes Domain and need not worry about being falsely arrested, harassed, or otherwise messed with by his posse of dickheads.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Truely a tragic story. I think that along with a cell phone, a GPS system installed in their vehicle would have possibly helped. Also some type of emergency kit. Sad Sad Story.

JESTERJACKSON
JESTERJACKSON

Can you please keep that to yourself please PTCGAZ if too many people know it will become congested. Let's keep the fun to ourselves.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

sometimes people use the GPS and get themselves more lost on the back roads.

Also cell phones in AZ are spotty due to the rural nature, high costs for towers, AND the geography is limiting.

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