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Missing hikers found in Colorado wilderness

ENCAMPMENT, Wyoming (CNN) -- Searchers have located a mother and daughter hiking team who had been missing in the Wyoming-Colorado wilderness since Monday, enduring snow, hunger and cool temperatures, police said.

Norma Super, 45, and her daughter, Danielle, 11, of Lakewood, Colorado, were found Saturday in good condition by a U.S. Forest Service team about four miles inside Colorado near the south-central Wyoming border, said Sgt. Mike Morris of the Carbon County, Wyoming, Sheriff's Department.

The Supers became turned around on the Encampment River Trail near Encampment, Wyoming, and walked south into Colorado, Morris said.

They encountered waist-deep snow and eventually veered off the trail.

Later, they said they climbed to the top of Black Mountain in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area to get their bearings. The pair was walking north, back toward Wyoming when they were found, Morris said.

Dozens of people were involved in what Morris described as a large search using dogs, horses, helicopters and planes. Search efforts were coordinated among the Carbon County Sheriff Department, sheriffs' offices from three surrounding counties, the U.S. Forest Service and many volunteers.

The Supers had not eaten since Tuesday, Morris said. He said they were able to drink river and pond water found along the way because they had water filters with them.

As a precaution, an ambulance and doctor were dispatched to assess their conditions. The physician declared the pair in good condition and said they did not require hospitalization.

In addition to the snow, the Supers faced cool mountain temperatures at night. But nature may have helped them in this case.

"Actually for this time of year, it has been a little bit warmer than usual," Morris said.




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