FAIRFIELD, IA. (THECOUNT) — Terry June Harnish, of Hubbards Cove, Nova Scotia, has been identified as the woman who survived stuck in a vehicle three days while visiting friends in Iowa over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Harnish, 71, was found by snowmobilers after she spent three days stuck in her car after the vehicle became disabled on a muddy rural southeast Iowa road.


Harnish was visiting friends on Thanksgiving when she took a wrong turn onto a dirt road outside Fairfield ending up stuck in mud up to the vehicle’s wheel wells.

She was unable exit the vehicle and spent the next three days in her car, surviving on a tea drink and marzipan cake.

Fairfield police Lt. Colin Smith says Harnish had ended up on a dirt road that’s just not traveled this time of year.

The heavy snow that fell Sunday proved her salvation, because it brought out two teenage snowmobilers whose attention she attracted with her car lights and horn. Their father used a tractor to take Harnish back into Fairfield. source

Fairfield is a city in, and the county seat of, Jefferson County, Iowa, United States. It has a population totaling 9,464 people according to the 2010 census. It is a Midwestern city surrounded by rolling farmlands filled with corn, soybean, cattle, and hogs with a median family income of $46,138., according to Wikipedia.

Nova Scotia is one of eastern Canada’s Maritime provinces on the Atlantic. Consisting of a peninsula and offshore islands, it’s home to puffins and seals, and popular for water sports like kayaking. The Bay of Fundy, with its famously extreme tides, is a whale-watching destination. Halifax, the capital, dominated by the star-shaped Citadel, is known for its lively waterfront and Victorian-era Public Gardens.