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UPDATE — FOUND: Missing Hikers Located Alive

Family photo, courtesy Teton County Sheriff’s Office

Three Wisconsin hikers have been found alive about today after being reported missing on Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman with the command post conducting the search.

“About 10:30, our aerial search helicopter spotted a sighting of three individuals waving their hands, and they landed and were able to confirm that it was the three girls,” Rachael Levitz said.

The three women — Andrews-Sharer sisters: Megan Margaret, 25; Erin, 22; and Kelsie, 16 — were found about seven miles west of the trail head where their SUV was found yesterday near Hoback Creek in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Levitz said.

They were immediately airlifted to the trail head and reunited with their family, she said.

The search began Tuesday after the sisters’ family notified the Teton County Sheriff’s Office.

According to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, the three had left on their trip June 28. They were reported missing they failed to arrive at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport for a planned flight on Tuesday.

Command post spokeswoman Lori Iverson said Wednesday this missing persons case is was unusual because the sisters would have needed to have left the area several days ago to drive to Chicago to catch that flight.

By Wednesday, Levitz said the search party included more than 60 personnel including people on foot and horseback, dog teams, and the helicopter, which located the women.

“They were in an area that had, in the deep wilderness, with no trails around them. They were lost,” she said. “They are tired, wet, cold and hungry, but other than that, they seem to be okay.”

While lost, the Andrews-Sharer sisters were not unprepared, Levitz said.

They had tents, a water purifier, five-days worth of food, and medical supplies, she said. “They were prepared and the sisters did have back-country experience.”

The search team at the command post has yet to determine how the sisters got lost, Levitz said. “I’m sure there will be a great tale to go along with this.”

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