They drove a couple of miles off the road up a wash. There was no indication they were in Death Valley for anyone to search for them there. They also went trucking off south towards China Lake in July instead of the shorter distance back to the Geologist’s Cabin. Their BOLO was distributed through Interpol and the stolen vehicle report done with LAPD. You seeing the information separation problem yet?I keep seeing the death valley germans story being used as a comparison/"reason not to stay with the car". The Germans drove a minivan 2.4 miles down an abandoned road in Anvil Canyon and then another 200 feet down a wash. There was no chance a passing tourist would find them, they were buried far out of sight down a canyon. Their situation was vastly different than a subaru on a mapped park road with a couple flats.
That said, the death valley germans and this couple seem to have made a similar mistake - gambling self-rescue on an unknown route rather than backtracking the way they came in.
Pictures grabbed from https://www.otherhand.org/home-page/search-and-rescue/the-hunt-for-the-death-valley-germans/
Highly recommend Tom Mahood's website. Hours of excellent entertaining reading in there.
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