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DEASE LAKE, B.C.—Search-and-rescue teams in northwestern British Columbia say a family of four from Oregon has been found safe in a remote and rugged area just 250 km south of the Yukon border.

Dave Jephson with Terrace Search and Rescue said the couple, Jeffery Phan and Michelle Lesaca, both 24 years old, and their two- and three-year-old children were found yesterday.

A search had been launched two days earlier after the family's 2018 black Toyota Yaris was spotted on a highway in the extreme northwestern corner of the province, with a note saying it was out of gas.

RCMP said the car was thought to have been abandoned June 10, just a day after the family crossed into Canada near the southeastern B.C. community of Fernie.

Search planes spotted a family group on the west side of Kinaskan Lake yesterday and Jephson said rescuers had reached them within hours.

He noted all four appeared to be in good condition.

Jephson added there are many unanswered questions about how the family travelled so deeply into the backcountry on foot.

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