Tribune Content Agency – Two snowmobilers were found dead after extreme weather delayed search efforts, Alaska officials said.
Charlene Habros, 34, and Dustin Gologergen, 55, were found dead after Alaska State Troopers received reports on Dec. 11 that they were missing after setting out from Teller to Nome.
The wind chill in Nome was 20 below 0 in the morning and stayed below 0 on Dec. 11.
Rescue teams were unable to perform ground and air searches due to weather conditions, troopers said.
Initially, the snowmobile was found, but the two were still missing, officials said.
“They were probably the strongest humans I know — warm, positive, And very well-known in the community.”
The couple was using a single snowmachine and didn’t make it to Nome, officials said.
Nome is in western Alaska about 535 miles northwest of Anchorage …
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