Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Remember The Stivers?

You might remember the family who sat around in their stranded trailer for 17 days while watching TV reports about the search for them, and how once they realized no one was coming the finally got off their fat asses and tried to get help?

Now comes this:
Couple Whose Family Was Stranded Arrested

Associated Press Writer

March 29, 2006, 5:09 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The joy of a couple's rescue from the snowy mountains of southwest Oregon turned sour after they were arrested on drug charges in Washington state, authorities said.

Elbert and Becky Higginbotham were arrested Tuesday after they were stopped without incident near the coastal city of Long Beach, Wash., a Pacific County dispatcher said. The Higginbothams were in the same motor home where they spent 17 snowbound days this month.

Their rescue last week attracted national attention. Arizona authorities recognized the Higginbothams as a couple who had been caught with methamphetamine and a shotgun and then reneged on a promise to cooperate with investigators and disappeared.

Gary Butler, sheriff of Arizona's Navajo County, said he had arranged with authorities in southern Oregon to detain the Higginbothams and have them sent back to his state, where warrants were issued last week. But the couple went missing again Sunday.

Butler said the couple had probably faced probation on the drug charges but now could spend time in jail for felony flight.
They seemed like such good Christians, too!
Higginbotham’s mother, Mary Higginbotham, 76, of Payson, Ariz., said her son bought the motor home two or three months ago after selling some property.

“He came by on Feb. 8, my birthday, and said he was leaving from Oregon,” she said. She followed the search in the news but didn’t hear from him again until Tuesday.

“There were a lot of prayers all over the United States going for him,” she said. “The Lord came through for us.”
How did I end the piece I wrote when this story first came up?

Oh. Yeah.
I hate being right all the time.

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