Couple stranded in Washington County

Published 12/19 2012 09:00PM

Updated 12/20 2012 04:25PM

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) -- A sad ending for a couple stranded in the wild in Washington County.

The couple was driving north on Shoal Creek Rd. on Tuesday, near Enterprise Reservoir, and the vehicle became stranded due to weather conditions.

The couple got out of the car and began walking towards the reservoir.

The female stopped and could not continue. The man continued on to seek assistance.

The man, Michael Meunier, was found near the reservoir by people on snow mobiles, who contacted police.

Volunteers with Washington County Search and Rescue and the Enterprise City Fire/Rescue/EMS responded and assisted deputies in locating the stranded vehicle and female passenger.

The female, Darlene Dietrich, was found deceased in the snow approximately three miles north of the vehicle on the Shoal Creek Road.

Dietrich’s death is being treated as an accident.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work closely with the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner and are waiting autopsy results. The case is still under investigation.

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