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LA GRANDE, Ore. — A trucker who was missing for four days in a snow-covered part of Oregon after his GPS mapping device sent him up the wrong road walked 36 miles and emerged safely from a remote and rugged region of the state.

Jacob Cartwright, 22, showed up Saturday near the town of La Grande, where an intensive search involving aircraft had been taking place since he went missing Tuesday. He was being evaluated in an emergency room but appeared OK, officials said.

Cartwright's boss, Roy Henry of Little Trees Transportation, said Cartwright got stuck after he took the wrong turn in an area with limited cellphone coverage. He trucker started walking away from the direction he had come from without any food or water just after midnight Wednesday, wading through snow. He didn't stop until Saturday morning, when he neared La Grande, Henry said. From there, he got a ride from a passing motorist.


Cartwright's wife returned home from meeting with local officials about the search for her husband only to find him in their house.

''He took his cowboy boots off and put on flip flops,'' Henry said.