(Sacramento Bee) Roderick Paul Clifton, who loved the outdoors, couldn’t resist pulling off of the highway onto a snowy trail leading to a vista point in the Sierra Nevada. It would prove to be a fateful decision.

On Thursday, authorities confirmed that Clifton, 44, was found dead in the mountains Wednesday night, six days after he and his girlfriend went missing while driving to Gardnerville, Nev., after visiting Clifton’s family in Citrus Heights. He died in deep snow, hiking out for help after their vehicle was stranded.

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