BURLEY • A Texas woman finally walked to a nearby house for help Sunday after spending several days in a rental car stuck in a dairy wastewater pond after taking a wrong turn in rural Cassia County.
According to a Cassia County sheriff’s report, Lynn S. Keesler, 61, of Houston, was checked over by emergency medical technicians but refused to go to the hospital afterward, saying “she just wanted a warm bed and a bath.”
A sheriff’s deputy gave her a ride to a north Burley hotel and a tow truck was called to retrieve the Enterprise rental car that was submerged in the settling pond.
According to the report, Keesler thought she had been stranded for three to five days, but the sheriff’s log indicated she had been stopped by a deputy a week earlier on Jan. 15. The deputy reported giving her directions from a location south of Burley to cross the bridge over the Snake River to get to the hotels in north Burley.
Keesler told deputies she saw water by a dairy at 800 W. 500 S. and thought it was the river she needed to cross in order to reach the hotels.
According to the report, Keesler said she tried to drive around the outside of the water but got stuck in the mud. She said the first night that she was stranded, she flashed her headlights all night until the car’s battery ran down. She also said she was able to honk the horn a couple of times when the battery would power up enough.
Keesler said she lived on peanut butter M&Ms and water, and stayed inside the car because she’d always been told not to leave her vehicle if she became stranded.
She finally decided to get out of the car and find help, she said, when the settling pond began filling up with water.
According to the report she was able to walk to the home of Todd Jorgenson, who called the police.
The dairy’s foreman told deputies that workers started filling up the settling ponds two days earlier. When deputies arrived on scene, the ponds were full and the car was not visible.
According to the sheriff’s report, representatives from Enterprise Rent-A-Car said Keesler had rented the vehicle on Dec. 8 and was supposed to return it Jan. 5.