Three missing Williams Lake teenagers were located safe and sound Monday after spending the night in the woods around Wildwood.
Central Cariboo Search and Rescue (CCSAR) search manager Keith Jones said he was notified the teens presented themselves at a house on one of the roads near the airport.
The teens had departed from the end of Pacific Road in Wildwood at about 3 p.m. Sunday for what was supposed to be a two-hour hike.
RCMP were notified of the missing teens at 8:47 p.m.
CCSAR received a call out at 9:15 p.m. from the RCMP Sunday, Jones said, noting 17 members responded. By 10:30 p.m. they were on ATVs beginning the search.
By about 1:30 a.m. the searchers had seen “lots of tracks,” so Jones called in Jim Tucker, a local tracking expert to do some footprint mapping.
At 2:45 a.m. CCSAR took a break, resuming at 6 a.m. when they were joined by seven members of South Central Cariboo Search and Rescue and a dog handler from Kamloops Search and Rescue.
“From the tracks we found it looked like the teens were walking around most of the night,” Jones said.
The Williams Lake RCMP along with Central and South Cariboo Search and Rescue are looking for three teenagers who were hiking in the backwoods near Wildwood Sunday afternoon.
Staff Sgt. Del Byron said the teens — a 15 year old, 16 year old and 18 year old — left for a hike at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon from a trail at the end of Pacific Road in Wildwood and should have returned within two hours.
RCMP were notified at 9:15 p.m. Sunday the teens were missing.
Byron said the RCMP were trying to get air services and a search dog brought in.
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