Deputies: Oregon man survives 5 days stuck in snow, used taco sauce packets as food

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office says a Sunriver man and his dog survived for five days while stuck in the snow on a Forest Service road. They say the man used taco sauce packets he had as food. Photo courtesy Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

WAKE BUTTE, Ore. – The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office says a man who was stuck in the snow on a Forest Service road for five days used a few taco sauce packets he had as food before a snowmobiler found him Friday.

The sheriff’s office said the snowmobiler found 36-year-old Jeremy Taylor, of Sunriver, and his dog, Allie, on Forest Service Road 40, near Wake Butte, at around 2:15 p.m. Friday.

When deputies responded, they found Taylor and his dog in good condition, but they were hungry after being stuck in the snow for five days.

Taylor was reunited with family and friends at the intersection of Forest Service Road 40 and Forest Service Road 45.

Taylor told investigators he had gone up Forest Service Road 40 on Sunday, but got stuck in the snow. When he woke up Monday, even more snow had fallen and he was unable to move his vehicle.

Taylor said he tried to walk out Monday, but the deep snow made it difficult and he and his dog went back to the vehicle. He said he stayed warm over the next four days by periodically starting his vehicle and he used a few taco sauce packets he had as food.

Taylor was reported missing Wednesday after he was last seen Sunday getting gas in Sunriver.

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