Search Ending for Missing Hikers

Search Ending for Missing Hikers

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Search crews in the Uinta Mountains are scaling back their efforts to find a pair of hikers who disappeared from the Crystal Lake trailhead nearly two weeks ago.

Searchers on foot, horseback and ATVs have been scouring the rough terrain of Utah's highest mountain range with the help of dogs and aircraft since last weekend.

Carole Wetherton, 58, and her daughter, Kim Beverly, 39, were last seen in Park City September ninth. Their rented SUV was found parked at the Crystal Lake trailhead, about 50 miles east of Salt Lake City. Maps in the truck seemed to indicate they were planning a day-hike to one of the many lakes in the area.

Seven days of searching without a hint of their whereabouts has been frustrating for their family as well as searchers, said Edmunds. "It's been exhausting mentally and physically.

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

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