Nightly News   |  December 10, 2013

Missing Nevada family found

About 90 miles outside of Reno, Nev., the desperate search for a missing family has come to an end. It turns out the last-known signal on their cell phone helped lead search teams to a specific area. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> story that got a lot of attention, the desperate search for a missing family, including four children has come to an end. and the news here is good. the family has been found alive and well after surviving since sunday in sub zero temperatures, the discovery unfolded this afternoon about 90 miles outside reno. nbc's miguel almaguer has more.

>> reporter: in the desolate mountains outside of reno, the search crews feared they ran out of time.

>> the temperatures were quite cold. it was 14 degrees below zero last night.

>> reporter: the search for a family of six, growing more desperate every hour. james glanton, his girlfriend, christina mcintee, and four children had been missing since sunday. last seen in the mining town the family was headed for a day in the snow. the terrain is rugged, remote, and this time of year?

>> it is sub zero temperatures, suspects can kill, rescue crews held onto hope. the family had a cell phone but the area they were in was so remote there was no service. still, their last known signal helped to lead search teams to a specific area.

>> reporter: the nevada national guard launched helicopters, and this morning what some call a miracle, chris montez spotted the family's overturned jeep.

>> they had a fire going and jay was heating up rocks in the fire and was putting it in the jeep with them.

>> reporter: air lifted to a local hospital, the entire community and family members heard the good news.

>> i'm relieved that they were not separated. they just told me they found them. that is all i wanted to hear. that is all i wanted to hear.

>> reporter: a family of six in good condition after a sunday drive to play in the snow, a trip they will never forget. miguel almaguer, nbc