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Wisconsin Couple Found Safe On Beartooth Highway

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The Wisconsin couple reported missing last night after leaving Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday is found and in good health.

Mark and Kristine Wathke were traveling from Cornell, Wisconsin to vacation in Miles City. The couple had made hotel reservations to stay in Miles city on Tuesday night, but they never showed up.

The last time anyone saw them was Tuesday leaving the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Troy Barnett is the owner of the K Bar Z Guest Ranch in Cody, Wyoming. He found the couple after 8 a.m. Monday morning, 24 miles away from his ranch.

"I was glad everybody was alright. I just can't believe they spent 6 days," said Barnett.

"They are both safe. No medical attention required. They had plenty of fuel in their car. They had limited amount of food and water," said Lance Mathess, Park County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer.

Barnett located the couple on the Beartooth Highway. The Beartooth Highway has been closed since mid-September due to weather conditions. 

"The Beartooth Highway is the way their GPS system routed them," said Barnett. "There's barricades and roads closed for 17 miles and they didn't quite make 17 miles."

The couple's car, a silver 2012 Kia Forte was stuck in the snow on the highway near Long Lake.

"They had good clothes. I put them on my snowmobile. I probably rode them 4 miles on my snowmobile, put them in my truck and brought them to the ranch," said Barnett.

He said this is not the first time an incident like this has happened.

"I've been in this area for so long and it's happen in the past. I just kind of knew that it could be the only place they could be," said Barnett.

Barnett said he is happy he was able to locate the couple before they got strained longer.

"They were glad to see somebody, really thankful and just relieved," said Barnett.

The couple is currently working on getting a flight back to Wisconsin.

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