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Lost hikers rescued from Kootenai National Forest

Daily Inter Lake | May 29, 2020 9:45 AM

Officials with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office announced via social media the safe return of three missing hikers in the early morning hours of May 26.

Lisa Hunt and her two children were found after a search of the Ross Creek Cedars area that involved sheriff’s deputies, David Thompson Search and Rescue and Two Bear Air, authorities said.

The family was reported missing about 7:22 p.m. May 25 after they failed to meet up with Hunt’s father, according to the sheriff’s office incident log. Local authorities did not respond to multiple requests for comment regarding the incident.

As per the incident log, the older man arrived at the preplanned meeting point and found Hunt’s vehicle. But she and the children were nowhere to be found.

Two Bear Air and David Thompson Search and Rescue were called in to aid the search about 8:29 p.m. Inclement weather ultimately prevented Two Bear Air from flying, though officials with the organization pledged to take flight as soon as conditions improved. Search and rescue teams, meanwhile, used dogs to search the area.

Details of the family’s rescue were not immediately available. The announcement posted on Facebook only said the trio was found safely.

Officials with the sheriff’s office also thanked Two Bear Air and David Thompson Search and Rescue for their assistance.