Search and rescue crews locate missing hikers

Posted at 9:22 PM, Nov 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-25 18:20:03-05

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — A group of five hikers have been located after they were reported missing Sunday in San Juan County, a family member of one of the hikers told FOX 13 News.

The hikers were identified as 20-year-old Rives Jacaruso, 18-year-old Kathryn Jacaruso, 19-year-old Abram Mamet, 18-year-old Nina Lundstrom, all from Colorado, and 21-year-old Jackson Foster, from California.

The hikers entered the Elk Ridge area of the Manti La Sal Mountains on Thursday and endured storm conditions Friday and Saturday.

One of the hikers was able to contact family members at 7:45 Sunday morning and notified them they were going to try to reach their vehicle.

The hiker’s parents reported them overdue to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and a search and rescue operation began.

The missing hikers were spotted by a helicopter crew on the Dry Mesa area of Elk Ridge. San Juan County Search and Rescue workers, along with volunteers from Blanding,  shuttled them out via snowmobiles.

The hikers were taken to the San Juan County Public Safety Building, where they were examined by EMTs, then taken to San Juan Hospital “for possible frostbite to the lower extremities,” according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

All of the hikers’ families were notified, the press release said.

Watch FOX 13 News and for more details as they become available.