Wed, June 26

Overdue hikers located in West Fork

OAK CREEK CANYON - The Coconino Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit located two overdue hikers on the West Fork Trail, just after midnight Friday morning.

About 9 p.m. Thursday, the Coconino County 911 Center received a call from the Sedona Fire Department 911 about two hikers who had reported by cell phone that they were lost. They had been hiking in the West Fork Canyon and told the communications they thought they were somewhere near the Cave Springs Campground. They told the dispatcher they had been hiking, became disoriented and did not know how to find their way out.

Coconino Sheriff's deputies and the County Search and Rescue team were dispatched to the West Fork parking lot in Oak Creek Canyon, where they located the hiker's vehicle.

The investigation indicated that the hiker's cell phone tower activation placed them north of the Willard Springs cell phone tower, approximately five miles north of the West Fork parking lot at the time of their original call. Several phone calls were made in an attempt to locate the subjects via cell phone but were unsuccessful.

Search and Rescue personnel were deployed from the West Fork trailhead parking lot and located the subjects as they were walking out.

The two Phoenix area residents were escorted to their vehicle. There were no reports of injury or any need for medical assistance.