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Video: Man dead, woman injured after missing for week in Alpine Co.

Roderick Paul Clifton, Paula Lane

CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. - A woman was found injured in Alpine County after she and her boyfriend car got stuck in the snow for nearly a week.  The body of her boyfriend was found nearby.

The couple, Roderick Paul Clifton, 44, and Paula Lane, 46, was last seen leaving Citrus Heights for Gardnerville, Nev. on Thursday, Nov. 29. They were reported missing by relatives when they didn't answer their cell phones.

Citrus Heights police Officer Bryan G. Fritsch said during a news conference Wednesday night that the couple's car got stuck in the snow while driving on Burnside Road. Fritsch said the couple most likely spent that first night in the car. 

Because of their location in the mountains, Clifton and Lane did not have cell reception, Fritsch said.

Eventually, Clifton ventured out to get help, but did not return. After several days spent in their SUV, Lane went to search for help, said Monica Clifton, Roderick Clifton's niece.

Lane's brother found his sister crawling along Highway 88 in Alpine County around 8 Wednesday night, Monica Clifton said. Paula Lane was bundled in all of the clothing the couple had with them and a sleeping bag.  

She was transported by an air ambulance helicopter to Carson-Tahoe Regional Hospital where she was being treated for hypothermia.

Monica Clifton said her uncle's girlfriend was able to provide some information to searchers that helped them find Roderick Clifton's body around 1 Thursday morning.

The Jeep Cherokee was located in a look-out point, Monica Clifton said.

The couple began their trip about the same time a major storm was moving into the area, and never made it to their destination.

Roderick Clifton leaves behind three daughters in Cameron Park, his mother Lois Clifton, and niece Monica.

News10/KXTV and The Associated Press

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