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story.lead_photo.caption The area of Big Bend Ranch State Park where Cathy was found. - Photo by Rick McFarland

Rick looked at the sea of cactus ahead of him and felt his last bit of hope ebb away.

Photo by Kirk Montgomery
McFarland goes for help.

When Cathy Frye’s legs finally gave out, she told her husband, leave me. You’re our only chance.

Photo by Rick McFarland
The view north from the mesquite tree Cathy used for cover from the sun for three days and two nights in early October after her husband Rick left for help in Big Bend Ranch State Park. The searchers who spotted her were up on the ridge with binoculars.

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Print Headline: Out of the desert, into a nightmare

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