Mick Ohman was left stranded for two days in the desert outside Crown King, Ariz., after his transmission cracked while he was driving down a rocky dirt road on the way home to Phoenix on July 27, 2017.
During his more than 48 hours stuck in the desert without cell service, Ohman recorded himself on his cell phone talking about how he ended up stranded and what he was doing to survive. He also left goodbye messages to his family in case he did not make it out of the desert alive, saying he would like whoever found the phone to “tell my sisters how much I love them.”
Ohman was rescued early on the morning of July 30 when he flagged down Troy Haverland as he dirt biked by in the distance. Haverland then took Ohman to nearby Lake Pleasant, where he was checked out by a medical team and met up with authorities, according to ABC News.
As Ohman had come to Crown King only to get lunch and enjoy the scenic drive, he was left with a can of beer, a sandwich, a few other snacks and a bit of water, according to the Arizona Republic.
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After sunset on his second day in the desert, Ohman decided that it was time to leave everything behind and hike on in the hopes of surviving, according to the Republic. It was this decision that led him to Haverland and eventually to his rescue. After being checked out by Peoria Police Department, Ohman turned down further treatment and headed home to his three cats.
His car was later discovered by dirt biker Andrew Austin and his friends, who found the broken down car along with the desperate notes Ohman had left behind in case someone found the car before he found safety.