Man, 73, rides 3 miles in wheelchair to aid sister

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Posted: Oct 29, 2010 9:23 PM
Man, 73, rides 3 miles in wheelchair to aid sister

A 73-year-old Oregon man traveled three miles in his wheelchair before hunters found him and helped rescue his 61-year-sister after their car got stuck for two nights in the snow.

Linn County sheriff's deputies said Friday that Howard Partridge of Sweet Home and his sister, Janice Partridge, had gone for a drive Wednesday on a U.S. Forest Service road to view autumn foliage. Police said they were reported missing Wednesday after they failed to return home.

Deputies said the pair had purchased snacks before their trip and melted snow for water. They stayed in their vehicle for shelter before Howard Partridge left to get help Friday.

Both were reported in good condition and drove their car back to Sweet Home after the hunters freed it from the snow.