Amber VanHecke

UNT student will retrace her footsteps through desert on ‘20/20’
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017 - 11:05am

By Matthew Martinez

Amber VanHecke, a University of North Texas student who “did everything right” to survive being stranded near the Grand Canyon for longer than five days while on a spring break trip, is going back to the desert.

VanHecke will be featured on ABC’s “20/20” on Friday, where she will retrace her footsteps and recount the actions that kept her alive after running out of both food and water in the 119-hour ordeal that ended March 17 when a rescue helicopter finally found her. She hiked 11 miles...

Stranded North Texas Woman Rescued After 5 Days Near Grand Canyon
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Thu, Mar 23, 2017 - 9:14am

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (CBSDFW.COM/CBS NEWS/AP) – Authorities say a 24-year-old North Texas woman spent five days stranded in scorching heat in a remote area of northern Arizona before she was rescued Friday.

The state Department of Public Safety says Amber VanHecke was driving near the south rim of the Grand Canyon when her car ran out of gas.

She couldn’t get a cell phone signal but after being stranded five days she decided to take off on what would be a seven-mile trek to a place where she could call 911.

DPS says the call was dropped before police could...