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Update: Missing Hikers Found


Update: 11:00 a.m.

Amherst Co., VA - After a couple of hours searching, officials in Amherst County say they found those three missing hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

The three women are okay, and say they were just really lost.

After searching a 10 mile area overnight, eight search and rescue teams assembled Friday morning at 8:00 a.m.  The women, ages 50, 70 and 80, were first reported missing about 9:00 p.m. Thursday.

We're told they'd been camping at Otter Creek Campground and didn't return when they should.  It turns out they had mistakenly walked the opposite direction from where they were supposed to be picked up.

Crews located them Friday morning, when a trucker spotted them walking on Route 60.  The women say they slept overnight on a rock.

The women spoke with ABC 13.  Hear from them on ABC 13 News at 6:00.



Update:  9:38 a.m.

Eight teams are currently searching for three missing hikers in Amherst County.  Four of those teams are using tracking dogs.


Amherst Co. VA - Authorities in Amherst County say they will resume their search Friday morning for three people who didn't return from a hike on the Appalachian Trail.


The 50, 70 and 80 year old women were first reported missing around 9 p.m. Thursday.  They had been camping at the Otter Creek Campground.

Crews searched a 10 mile area overnight and will be back out at 8 a.m. Friday. 

Stay with ABC-13 for the latest.


Officials say two of the hikers are from Tennessee and the third from Florida.  A hiker reported seeing the three women about 2 p.m. Thursday, heading north.


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