We’ve all been in that situation: you expect someone to be home at a certain time, but they don’t show—and they haven’t checked in at all. Whether it’s your significant other or child, it’s scary when you don’t know where someone is, and you start to assume the worst.
Usually, it turns out to be nothing—they hit traffic and their phone was dead, etc.
But for one man from British Columbia, Canada, his worst fears turned out to be a reality.
On a Monday night, Trevor Koenig was wondering where his wife Caroline was. She didn’t come home in time for dinner, and as hours passed, Trevor became more and more concerned.
“I thought something must have happened, maybe car trouble,” he told Global News.
He attempted to call her, but she wasn’t picking up—and then realized she left her phone at home.
Running out of options, Trevor decided to set out and look for her himself. “I just thought, you know what, this story doesn’t end with her being by herself,” he added.
Trevor got into his car and looked on the roads for any sign of his wife, thinking she might’ve been involved in an accident. The problem was he had no idea where his wife was actually going—and just had to use his husband intuition to guess where she might’ve ended up.
“I didn’t know where she was,” he told CBC.
“I just thought of any place that she might be.”
However, he did have one lead: he remembered that his wife would often go for drives on Highway 6.
For the next three hours, he drove down the highway checking for any possible traces of an accident.
“I just drove 50 kilometres an hour with my high beams on close to the shoulder and watched the shoulder the whole way for any highway tracks,” he told Global News.
Then, he saw something unusual—something that hinted at a grim end to his search:
Tire tracks headed off road, into a snowbank.
“I saw a car pinned in a tree,” Trevor said.
He traveled down into the bank and recognized the car as his wife’s.
After calling 911, he inspected the vehicle—and feared for the worst.
“I was afraid to look in the car,” he said. “I thought my wife was dead in the car.”
His wife wasn’t dead in the car, however—she wasn’t in the car at all.
Trevor hoped that his wife escaped and someone had already brought her to the hospital. But then, he found another frightening sight:
His wife, hunched over a tree, unmoving.
Trevor feared that he had reached her too late.
“She wasn’t moving and I got in front of her and I lifted up her face and her eyes were just staring blank and I thought, ‘oh, I was too late,'” he recalled.
But then, another sign:
“And then she blinked,” he added. “She thought she was dreaming, she asked if I was real.”
Caroline was in a daze, having ended up stranded for 15 hours after the crash. “I kept telling her that help was coming, and she was going to be OK,” Trevor told CBC.
Finally, the local fire department and paramedics arrived, grappling down the bank to hoist Caroline to safety.
But even the emergency workers gave Trevor a ton of credit for knowing how to find his wife, just in the nick of time:
“It’s amazing he was led to that spot and to find her in the conditions that he was faced with,” Trevor Honigman of Vernon Search and Rescue told Global News.
“It’s a miracle, it really is.”
In the end, Caroline didn’t even suffer from any serious injuries. She had a broken arm and underwent a surgery, but is otherwise fine.
“I think she’s fine, just pretty embarrassed,” Trevor explained to CBC.