Posted: Jun 27, 2013 9:57 PM by Drew Trafton - MTN News
BILLINGS- Two out-of-state hikers were discovered in Park County, Wyoming late on Wednesday after a day hike turned into a four-day trek through the back country.
According to the Park County Sheriff's Office, deputies and personnel from Park County Search and Rescue were dispatched to the Star Hill Ranch on Country Road 6BU at approximately 11 p.m. when a resident of the ranch called about an emergency flare and flashlights he saw on the opposite side of Big Creek.
When crews arrived, they discovered 38-year-old Frank Rose and 39-year-old Madilina Taylor, both from Lynchburg, Virginia, who had become disoriented and lost on a day hike from the Jim Mountain Trailhead on Sunday.
The two told law enforcement they had intended to hike the Trout Peak area and then return to their vehicle at the Jim Mountain Trailhead. At some point during the hike, the two became lost.
In all, the two spent four days and three evenings in the back country with nothing in their possession except the clothes they were wearing.
The two told law enforcement they had drank water from creeks and streams to survive.
Both Rose and Taylor were treated for minor cuts and abrasions at the Star Hill Ranch by a West Park Ambulance team before being transported to their car.