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Indiana man found dead, woman alive after going missing during trip to Arizona

Ronnie and Beverly Barker
Posted at 9:44 AM, Apr 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-07 18:38:05-04

RENO, NV — A sheriff’s official says an Indiana couple missing for about a week has been found in a remote mountain area of southern Nevada, but the husband was dead and the wife was taken to a hospital.

Mineral County Undersheriff Bill Ferguson said 72-year-old Ronnie Barker and 69-year-old Beverly Barker were found with their car late Tuesday afternoon after being stuck for about a week in the Silver Peak area of Esmeralda County.

The nephew of the couple says they were at peace with the world as the husband died a day before rescuers reached the wife.

Ferguson said search and rescue personnel from Mineral County, one of several counties involved in the search, located the couple, and a military helicopter airlifted the woman to a Reno hospital.

Beverly Barker was released from a Reno hospital Thursday, two days after rescuers found her and the body of her husband, Ronnie.

Travis Peters of Indianapolis said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that his aunt "was at peace with what was happening. Ronnie was at peace. They were lying together in the back seat of the Kia Soul."

The couple had been traveling from Oregon to Arizona and was found Tuesday in the mountainous, forested high-desert in a remote area of Esmeralda County.