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Wisconsin Couple Found On Open Road

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The portion of the Beartooth Highway, a Wisconsin couple was traveling on when their car got stuck a week ago was not closed to travelers.  

According to the Park County Sheriff's Department, Mark and Kristine Wathke still had about three miles to travel before they reached a barricade and gate that blocked off the closed portion of Beartooth Highway.

At the Chief Joseph Highway and the Beartooth Highway junction, warning signs are posted.

The sheriff said the couple must have missed those signs when their car got stuck in the snow near Long Lake. The road is typically traveled by hunters and snowmobilers.

"The Sheriff's Department probably handles about 3 or 4 incidents of people being stuck up there throughout the winter. Most people that go up there in the winter are residents and they are aware of how far they can go," said Lance Mathess, Park County Sheriff's Office. "Residents don't go up as far as people who unfamiliar with the area like the Wathke's were."

The couple was found around eight Monday morning by Troy Barnett, the owner of the K Bar Z Guest Ranch in Cody, Wyoming.

Mathess said there is a contract between the state of Montana and Wyoming stating the road is maintained by the National Park Service.

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