SUNRIVER, OR -- A Sunriver man’s story of survival went viral over the weekend. The 36-year-old told rescuers he ate taco sauce packets found in his car to get through five-day ordeal.
Jeremy Taylor was reported missing last week; he was last seen filling up his SUV at a Sunriver gas station on Sunday, February 24. Deschutes County Sheriff Sergeant William Bailey says Taylor was found Friday afternoon, "A snowmobiler in the area of Century Drive and Forest Road 40 found Jeremy and his dog Allie. Both were in good condition but reported to be hungry."
Taylor told rescuers his SUV got stuck in the snow Sunday afternoon, just as last week’s storm began. By Monday morning he was unable to dig the car out; he attempted to walk out with his dog, but the deep snow made it very difficult and they returned to the vehicle. He stayed warm over the next four days by periodically starting his car, ate taco sauce and waited for rescue.
Sgt. Bailey tells KBND News, "Thankfully he was found and we were able to get him back out and reunite him with his family." Taylor's story made headlines across the country over the weekend, prompting some to speculate whether a fast food endorsement deal may be in his future.