CEDAR CITY — Storms have forced authorities to temporarily suspend a search for a Kearns couple missing since Friday.

Police had rented an airplane and a Utah National Guard helicopter to look for Tom and Tamitha Garner in an area near the town of Enterprise. They were believed to be headed toward St. George on back roads.

"The snow is so deep out there, if we do locate them we'd have to rescue them by ATV or snowmobile," said Iron County sheriff's chief deputy Rick Evans.

The Garners were last heard from on Jan. 26 in Panaca, Nev. They were caught on tape at a convenience store using a credit card to buy gas. They were believed to be somewhere along state Route 56.

"They told family and friends they were taking dirt roads to go out and look for wild horses out by Enterprise," Evans said. "We think they're out in that area."

Snowstorms that have hit southern Utah have dumped as much as 2 feet of snow, authorities said. Aerial searches are under way using the rented airplane, the helicopter and Civil Air Patrol resources.

Beaver County sheriff's deputies searched Tuesday in their area without success.

The couple is believed to be driving a dark 1999 Dodge Dakota truck with Utah license plate 793 URF. Anyone with information is urged to call the Iron County Sheriff's Office at 435-586-9445.

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