Gone girls found

By on July 9, 2015

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The three women missing since July 1 have been found deep in the Gros Ventre Wilderness by Search and Rescue teams at 10 a.m. today. A helicopter spotted the sister trio – Megan, Erin, and Kelsi Andrews-Sharer – in the upper Horse Creek Drainage, about 3.5 miles southwest of Pinnacle Peak. It was an eyewitness account from a local outfitter that proved crucial to directing search teams to the correct area.

A guide with Horse Creek Outfitters made a phone call this morning to authorities after learning a search was underway for the lost hikers. He remembered seeing a woman wearing a white rain jacket in a rugged area with no trails. The information was critical. The search helicopter was redirected from the Swift and Shoal creeks area east of the trailhead where the missing hikers’ car was found, to an area seven miles west of that location. The lost hikers were spotted 20 minutes later.

According to Teton County Sheriff’s Office, the hikers were cold, wet and hungry but otherwise in good condition and happy to be rescued after several nights lost in the backcountry. Their outdoor experience allowed them to survive the ordeal. The sisters remained together, made camp each night using their tent for sleeping, and were properly dressed for rain and chilly nights.

Sheriff Jim Whalen, Incident Commander announces successful operation (TCSO, TCSAR)

Sheriff Jim Whalen, Incident Commander announces successful operation (Mary Cernicek, USFS)

 

The three were flown to the Swift Creek trailhead and reunited with their father.

“We’re so pleased with the outcome of this search and the safety of the missing hikers and all the rescue personnel,” said Sheriff Jim Whalen, Incident Commander for the Search and Rescue event. Nearly 100 people assisted in the search efforts over the past few days.


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