Relative Says Girl Scout Cookies, Cheese Puffs Kept Depew Woman Alive

Monday, April 27th 2015, 3:11 pm
By: Tess Maune

An Oklahoma woman and her sister who disappeared during a trip through Michigan were found alive Saturday.

Lee Wright, 56, of Depew and her sister, 52-year-old Leslie Roy of Nebraska, were taking a road trip to visit family in the upper Peninsula of Michigan, when their SUV got stuck in the snow in an area with no cell phone service.

Wright's brother-in-law, Donald Wright, said the two women survived 13 days by eating Girl Scout cookies and cheese puffs. He said they melted snow for water.

Donald said search and rescue teams had gotten within two miles of the women several times, but had to turn around due to impassible roads.

He said rescuers in a helicopter noticed a glare from the SUV's windshield, and the women were well enough to get out of the vehicle and to let rescuers know they were safe.

Rescuers had to walk two miles to get to the women, who were wearing multiple layers of clothing to keep warm.

The women were taken to a hospital, but were released after just a few hours.

Both are back home.

Donald said his sister-in-law is still trying to wrap her mind around what happened, but said Lee read the Bible and prayed every day, he said the pair was able to survive through their faith.