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  • 11 December 2013, 9:23

Missing Nevada Family Found By Searchers

A couple and four children who went missing in freezing conditions in northern Nevada have been found alive and well.

A member of the public who had joined a search for the group located the missing family, according to Sheila Reitz, of the Pershing County Sheriff's Office.

The two adults and four children have been taken to hospital, where they remain in good condition.

"The mood where I'm at is ecstatic. We are thrilled beyond words," said Colonel Tim Hahn, who commands the Nevada Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

Aircraft and rescue teams on the ground had been searching for James Glanton, 34, and his girlfriend Christina McIntee, 25, after they went missing on Sunday.

Also missing were the couple's two children Evan and Chloe Glanton, as well as Shelby Fitzpatrick and Tate McIntee, a niece and nephew of Christina McIntee.

The children range in age from three to 10 years.

Authorities said some 200 people had joined the search for the missing group.

A cold snap has been gripping much of the US, with temperatures dropping to as low as minus -41C in Montana.

Ice and snow have covered the mid-Atlantic and Texas before pushing up the East Coast.

The storm has forced the cancellation of thousands of flights, led to fatal incidents on treacherous roads, and caused power outages.

Public schools have also been closed in a number of areas including Washington, Philadelphia and parts of Kentucky and Tennessee.

The cold weather also led officials in Washington to postpone a National Transportation Safety Board hearing into the crash-landing of an Asiana jet at San Francisco International Airport in July.

The agency said it hopes to reschedule the hearing into the crash, which left three dead, for later in the week.

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