Hunting Season May be Best Chance to Recover Missing Hikers

Hunting Season May be Best Chance to Recover Missing Hikers

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Friday's start to the hunting season may be the best chance to recover the bodies of two hikers missing in the Uinta Mountains and presumed dead.

Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds says the hunters will provide more eyes in the mountains and hopefully give some resolution for the Wetherton family.

Carole Wetherton, of Florida, and her daughter, Kimberly Beverly of Georgia, were last seen September ninth.

Their rented truck was found at Crystal Lake trailhead. Maps inside indicated they were planning a day-hike about 50 miles east of Salt Lake City.

Police believe the two suffered hypothermia and died on the mountain in a sudden snowstorm. Search efforts in the last five weeks have failed to turn up their bodies.

Cadaver dogs also have been used about five times, with NO luck in the rough terrain.

Police do NOT suspect foul play.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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