‘Taco Bell fire sauce saves lives’: Snowbound man survives for 5 days by eating sauce packets

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Missing man found near Sunriver, Oregon (photo courtesy Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office)

BEND, Ore. — At 2:16pm on Friday, a snowmobile rider contacted Deschutes County 911 to report Jeremy Taylor had been located on Forest Service Road 40 near Wake Butte, west of Sunriver.

An Oregon Water Resource SnowCat with one deputy member responded to the location and made contact with Jeremy and his dog Ally. Jeremy and Ally were found to be in good condition, but hungry after being stuck in the snow for five days. Jeremy and Ally were then transported to the intersection of FS Road 40 and FS Road 45 where he was reunited with family and friends.

Jeremy told investigators he had gone up FS Road 40 on Sunday, but became stuck in the snow. He awoke Monday to even more snow and was unable to get his vehicle unstuck. Jeremy had attempted to walk out on Monday, but the deep snow made it very difficult and he and Ally returned to his vehicle. Jeremy stayed warm over the next four days by periodically starting his vehicle and used a few Taco Bell sauce packets he had as food.

“Thank you everyone, I’m safe my Ally dog is safe,” he said. “I really appreciate all the help. Got lucky, lets never do that again.”

“Taco bell fire sauce saves lives!”

Jeremy and his dog Ally are doing well.

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