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An elderly couple who disappeared into the desert sent a desperate last encrypted message to loved ones before the 72-year-old husband died

A MISSING couple who survived a week in the desert before one died sent final encrypted messages to loved ones.

Ronnie Barker, 72, and his wife Beverly, 69, were driving through the Nevada desert when they “vanished into thin air” – Urging authorities to launch a desperate search for the couple.

Ronnie and Beverly Barker disappeared while on a road trip

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Ronnie and Beverly Barker disappeared while on a road tripPhoto credit: WTHR
The couple had followed their GPS up a mountain before getting stuck in their RV

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The couple had followed their GPS up a mountain before getting stuck in their RVCredit: Facebook

On Tuesday, rescuers found Beverly – who survived the ordeal – and the body of her husband Ronnie, more than a week after their last correspondence on March 27.

It later emerged that the couple had messaged their family: “37.757753, -117.809568. Help.”

But the GPS coordinates could not be sent, according to her nephew Travis Peters.

He said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that he can only assume her phone came within range of his aunt when she was flown to the hospital and the message was sent late Tuesday.

“Now we know it was too late,” Peters wrote.

Peters said the pair followed their GPS up a mountain before it got stuck.

The pair were found Tuesday in the remote Silver Peak area of ​​Esmeralda County about 177 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Both were traveling in the Kia passenger van, which they towed behind a 32-foot RV before the RV got stuck in the mud. Apparently they decided to continue in the car before it also got stuck.

Beverly was flown to a hospital in Reno for an evaluation.

She had melted snow for water and the car offered protection from temperatures dipping into the 30sF at night, Mineral County Undersheriff Bill Ferguson said The Associated Press.

The pair are also said to have taken turns honking in an SOS pattern.

Ferguson said he has no information on when Ronnie Barker died or the cause of death.

Her family had not heard from them since March 27, after they left Oregon on an overland trip last month to visit friends in Arizona.

Their RV was last seen on CCTV just after 6 p.m. that day on Highway 95 near Luning, and the last recorded pings from their cell phones were picked up just a short time later.

Ronnie and Beverly’s panicked family sounded the alarm, and their daughter, Jennifer Whaley, told the tale WHHR they would have “vanished into thin air”.

After days of searching, the couple’s white 2015 Sunseeker motorhome was spotted west of Silver Peak early Tuesday afternoon – but it was empty.

Ronnie was tragically found dead shortly thereafter while Beverly, who is diabetic, was airlifted to a Reno hospital.

The Indiana couple had made their way to the Nellis AFB campground where they were to spend the night before hitting the road again.

“My parents were supposed to meet her (her friends) in Tucson on Tuesday night, March 29,” her daughter said in reports News13.

“They were supposed to be arriving at the Tucson campgrounds back then. They didn’t show up.”

She said all contact with her parents – who never went more than a day or two without checking in with family – was cut off on March 27, reports KVVU.

“All cell phone pings, everything, stopped on the 27th,” Jennifer said.

The pair were found near the remote mountainous region of southern Nevada

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The pair were found near the remote mountainous region of southern NevadaCredit: AP

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