ASU student survives being stranded in snow for 9 days

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Lauren Elizabeth Weinberg By Jennifer Thomas Lauren Elizabeth Weinberg By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A missing Arizona State University student was found alive after being stranded in her car in the snow for nine days, according to authorities.

Lauren Elizabeth Weinberg, 23, was found Wednesday morning in a remote area in Coconino County about 46 miles from Winslow.

U.S. Forest Service employees who were checking road closure gates in the area found Weinberg in her vehicle.

Weinberg was last seen leaving her mother's home in the area of South 44th Street and East Ray Road in Ahwatukee on Dec. 11. She said she got trapped in the snow the next day.

Investigators said she survived on two candy bars and melted snow for water. She was in good condition but very hungry, thirsty and cold.

"I am so thankful to be alive and warm," she said in a statement. "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers because they worked. There were times I was afraid but mostly I had faith I would be found."

She said she left the Phoenix area and was driving around with no specific destination. She found herself in Winslow and drove on a paved road that turned into a dirt road. She stopped her vehicle at a fence line and when she attempted to move it, she found that it was stuck in the snow.