Four lost hikers located

Coconino County Sheriff's Office deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers located four lost hikers after they became disoriented late in the evening on March 4. The hikers - ages 19, 20 and 21 - were from Williams, Scottsdale and Phoenix.

CCSO deputies responded to the area after one of the hikers called authorities for assistance. Deputies learned the victims traveled to Flagstaff from the Phoenix area with the intention of hiking around and in the Ice Caves located west of Flagstaff. At approximately 9 p.m. they parked their vehicle at the intersection of Forest Service Road 245 and North Highway 180. During the hike all four members of the party became disoriented and lost their way. A joint search effort involving deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers on foot, on ATVs and in four-wheel drive vehicles was initiated at Bellemont.

Search and Rescue volunteers located the lost hikers on Forest Service Road 171 about 6.5 miles from Forest Service Road 649 and east of Wild Bill Hill. All four hikers were in good physical condition and did not require transport or medical attention.

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