BOISE -- Two Boise families have been reunited after two fathers and their children walked 19 miles for help when they became stranded on a backcountry road over the weekend.

Will Murkle and his 10-year-old daughter Megun went for a drive on Saturday afternoon. The Murkle's were accompanied by family friends John Julian and his two children, 8-year-old Samantha and 7-year-old Isaac.

Murkle says the group had no supplies when their truck got stuck in the snow on Long Gulch Road southeast of Arrowrock Dam around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The group knew they were somewhere between Lucky PeakDam, Arrow Rock Dam, and near the rural Elmore County town of Prairie.


All four overnighted in the vehicle and began a long trek the next day for help. They eventually found an occupied cabin in Prairie and used a phone to call for help.

Megun Murkle says she's glad she was able to walk the 19 miles for help. It was just a long journey, but fun and miserable, said Megun.

Both Murkles were still sore from the long trip on Monday, but grateful they were able to find help, even though it took all day.

I was also thinking, we can do this, we can do this, I just kept saying that in my head and we did it, Megun Murkle told KTVB.

Will Murkle says the group just wanted to see animals and go for a drive in the country, and never expected to go through the ordeal.

We got stuck, we got unstuck, and we got stuck again, said Will Murkle.

Murkle says the group was able to keep a good attitude, even though they had no cell phone service or food and spent the night huddled under coats in the truck.

Meanwhile, Will's wife Chaunte was up all night, worried about the safety of her husband and daughter.


My heart told me they were okay and we just needed to find them, so I knew they were okay, you just let your mind take you to wild places you don't want to think of, said Chaunte Murkle.

Overnight, a group of rescuers began searching for the two missing fathers and three children. Their efforts were complicated because the group did not tell family members exactly where they were going.

When KTVB visite the Murkle home, the names and numbers of those who volunteered to help search were still written in marker on the family's front mirror.

Will Murkle says his groupdecided to walk away from their truck on Sunday morning to find help, doing anything they could to keep goin, including singing songs.

I came up with the 99 head of elk on the hill, so we sang that, said Will Murkle.

Help eventually came after the group found a cabin whose owner let them call family members and wait to be reunited.

When I first saw my mom I was like yes we're home, I was just so happy to see her, said Megun Murkle.

Will Murkle says the experience taught him about the character of his daughter.

It brought me and Megun closer, she amazed me with what she could do at ten, said Will Murkle.

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