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UPDATE: Las Vegas community helping stranded couple get back to California

Posted at 7:20 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 23:13:43-04

UPDATE APRIL 13: The couple is getting even more help.

 A viewer decided to help put them in touch with local mechanics to get the parts they need to fix their car.  

They now say they're in good shape to get everything done by Monday so they can get back on the road.


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Two homeless people from California say they're trapped near Sahara Avenue and Industrial Road after their truck broke down.

Someone called the city to complain about the "mobile squatters," a truck filled to the brim with trash.  The truck's owner, Ingeborg Senftleben, says she lost her home in Palmdale, California, and met her boyfriend Gregory Franklin after that.

They decided to drive her truck to Las Vegas for a fresh start, but instead they ran into bad luck.

They say one day, the truck broke down while they were at a Walmart and it had to be towed. They say there were later ripped off, and now the truck is stuck in a parking lot where they've camped out.

The city of the Las Vegas deemed the area a health hazard and said if they didn't clear out the truck by Monday, it would be towed. 

"I have no hope," Senftleben said.  

She said she's run out of money and doesn't know what to do.

The area where the car is parked is owned by the city and will eventually be used for a bridge over the railroad tracks.

Since our story aired, a man called offering to help by writing a check. Senftleben hopes to use that to begin to get back on her feet.