Search and rescue crews find woman stranded two nights in Jordan Valley area

JORDAN VALLEY – What started out as a camping trip to Jordan Craters for Amanda Schmierer and Michael Sletten turned into a two-day ordeal after the pair got stranded in the remote area near Jordan Valley.

Sletten, 48, Boise, and Schmierer, 35, from Nampa, were traveling in a 2015 Ford Focus when it became stuck in a badger hole Sunday, according to Malheur County Lt. Rich Harriman. Sletten set out on foot to seek help, leaving Schmierer, who was not dressed for the hike ahead, with the vehicle, Harriman said.  

Sletten initially took off in the wrong direction.

“It took 36 hours before he got help,” Harriman said. 

Sletten had a cell phone, but no cell service. He was eventually picked up by a passing vehicle and was able to alert the sheriff’s office. The . . .