Three University of Wyoming students, one a Casper native, found a Nebraska woman stranded in the snow while hiking near the Happy Jack recreation area early Monday morning.
Brian Schlidt of Casper; Anton Schabauer of Rapid City, S.D.; and Tyler Soulek of Littleton, Colo., saw the woman’s vehicle stuck in the snow near the recreational area east of Laramie, according to a University of Wyoming press release. They marked the location with a portable GPS device and returned to Laramie, where they alerted the University of Wyoming Police Department.
Police Chief Mike Samp said his department received the call about 2:30 a.m. and notified the Albany County Sheriff’s Department. A deputy located the vehicle and called paramedics, who treated the woman at the location. She was then taken to Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie for early stages of frostbite and hypothermia, according to the release.
“She was there long enough to run out of gas and out of power for her cell phone,” Samp said.
The chief said the woman was in “distress" and had distributed clothing items and her purse a ways from the vehicle to alert passersby. The hikers found the items before coming upon her vehicle.
“These young men certainly went well above and beyond the typical actions we see in today’s society,” Samp said. “If it were not for their actions, it’s quite likely that this young lady may have perished.”