Eastern El Paso County man died in blizzard after leaving home to start generator

Published: Mar. 14, 2019 at 5:10 PM MDT
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The man found dead one day after a massive blizzard had left his home to start a generator, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Monday. His family tells 11 News that he died with his wife right by his side. They were married for 50 years before they spent their last night together outside in the freezing cold.

Search and rescue crews found 68-year-old Harry Brantley and his wife on Thursday on a property in the 32000 block of Antioch Road near Yoder. Brantley was dead and his wife was suffering from hypothermia.

According to the sheriff's office, Brantley left his house during the blizzard Wednesday to start a generator that was stored in an outbuilding on the property. When he didn't return, the woman went out looking for him.

Brantley's daughter tells 11 News that her father went outside to find the generator because his house had lost power during the storm. When he didn't come back inside, his wife went out multiple times to search throughout the afternoon. Their daughter says she could not see because of the blowing snow.

Around 6:00p.m. Wednesday, Brantley's family tells 11 News that his wife saw him in the front yard instead of where he should have been by the generator. His wife reporteldy ran out to check on him in a panic. When she trite dto go back inside to get blankets, her daughter says the front door of the hosue had frozen shut.

The couple's daughter says both stayed outside all night until search and rescue found them both the next day. They were reportedly about 1,000 feet from the front door.

"We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Mr. Brantley," the sheriff's office said in a statement Monday.

Brantley's daughter says that her mother is expected to be ok. She was hypothermic, but is now recovering. She also has bruises on her shoulders and hips from trying to force her way inside the house.

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