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Boy Scouts, 2 others missing near Kings Peak located

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ROOSEVELT — Two Boy Scouts who went missing in the High Uintas Friday afternoon were located Saturday afternoon in good health.

The boys, ages 14 and 15, were part of a troop that had walked from Henry's Fork Trail Head to the Kings Peak area. The boys walked ahead of the group and were last seen near the fork in the trail, one way heading to Henry's Fork and the other leading to Painter Basin, according to a news release. Saturday, the scouts were located.

"I just kept thinking they've gotta be right around the corner, we'll just go look for them," said Boy Scout Parker Webber. "So, we climbed some ridges and yelled their names but we didn't get anything all night."

The teens were in good condition, Joni Crane of the High Uinta District reported by Summit County Search and Rescue. They were not part of the High Uinta Scout Camp, she noted.

The fork in the trail, Crane said, is a common place for hiking groups to become divided.

During the search and rescue operation, teams also located a father and son who were reported missing Saturday morning. The names of the two were not immediately released, but were found just south of where the scouts were located, Crane said.

Uinta Canyon leads to one of the trail heads for King's Peak, which is Utah's highest summit. Information of the search effort was scarce throughout the operation because cell coverage is non-existent and radio traffic is hit and miss in the area.

Summit County found a missing Colorado hiker earlier this week in the King's Peak area. The trails can lead to remote areas of the mountain, where it can be difficult for search and rescue teams to locate them.

Contributing: Whitney Evans

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