Friday, July 24, 2015

Missing Hikers Rescued in Rocky Mountain National Park

A search for missing hikers concluded successfully yesterday morning at 7:40 a.m. when park searchers located the two missing women off trail above Hague Creek and below Mummy Pass, roughly five miles inside the park boundary in the northwest portion of Rocky Mountain National Park.

On Tuesday, July 21, a group of five family and friends hiked to Mirror Lake. When they were hiking back Christine Everett, 51, of Lawrence, Kansas and Danielle Hohly, 26, of Mission, Kansas became separated from the group. They were last seen at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, just below Mirror Lake, which is approximately 6 miles from the Corral Creek Trailhead.

When they did not reach the trailhead, one of the members of the party went back up the trail and searched for them until dark. At roughly 8:15 p.m. they called for assistance. This is in a remote area with no cell service and limited radio communication. The call went to Larimer County Search and Rescue, who responded to the area later that night. Larimer County Search and Rescue searched the general area and determined that the point last seen was inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Larimer County Search and Rescue personnel contacted park rangers on Wednesday morning, July 22.

On Wednesday, July 22, Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team members began search operations and planning with personnel from Larimer County Search and Rescue.

When the women were found yesterday morning, they were cold and hungry but in good condition. The two women were flown by a Type 3 helicopter to the east side of the park where they were reunited with family members.


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