CASPER, Wyo. — Today, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office deputies freed Natrona County resident Marianne Shoemaker after she became stuck in the snow in the Antelope Hills area.
According to NCSO Public Information Officer Kiera Grogan, dispatchers received a call roughly an hour and a half ago from Natrona County resident Phyllis Lattea reporting that Shoemaker, her daughter, was entrapped in her truck in the snow.
Deputies were sent to the area, but without a precise street or location for the truck, Grogan said it took deputies some time to find the truck. Also complicating matters was the fact that roads were so difficult to traverse that deputies had to exit their vehicles and proceed with snowshoes.
Eventually, the deputies were able to locate the truck, having walked roughly a mile and a half to it in the snow, Grogan said.
“It’s safe to say that considering the vehicle got stuck, and when our deputies called in to dispatch it was more than a half-hour ago, the conditions are very bad out there,” Grogan said. “The last we heard from them was roughly 10 minutes ago that they were hiking into the vehicle.”
After getting the woman out of the truck, they walked her back to their vehicles and drove her to Frontage Road, where a family member was waiting to pick her up, Grogan said.
Grogan encouraged everyone to keep an emergency kit in their vehicle and to dress in layers when winter weather makes travel hazardous.
“Emergency kits can be assembled with items likely already in your home — water and snacks, flashlight, blanket, flares, jumper cables, a first aid kit, cell phone charger, shovel and a tow rope,” she said.
NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect that the deputies were able to reach and assist Shoemaker.