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Mother, 3 tots are fair after night in their car

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN — The young mother and her children reported missing Thursday evening and found Friday by pilots from the Utah County sheriff's office were all in fair condition despite a night spent in their car.

Laurelee Holm took a shortcut on Soldier Pass Road, a route she'd taken many times before when she headed home to Eagle Mountain from Milford, Beaver County, said Sgt. Dennis Harris, Utah County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

This time she made a wrong turn at approximately 9 p.m. and became stuck in the snow at the top of Soldier Pass.

She and her three young children, 1-year-old Flint, 4-year-old Jade and 6-year-old Anthony, stayed inside the car with the heater running through the night and started out on foot the next morning. They were spotted from the air.

All were in snowsuits, Harris said.

Holm's husband, Shad Holm, reported his wife and children missing at 11 p.m. after the family became alarmed and had searched the main roads between Milford and Eagle Mountain and called local hospitals, gas stations and motels to look for them.

Harris said Soldier Pass Road, which is at the end of Lake Mountain Road, is unpaved. "It's not a road I would take in the winter," Harris said.