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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Search and rescue crews worked in bitter cold Thursday on the fifth day of looking for a mother and daughter missing after a hiking trip in Utah's rugged Uinta Mountains.

Relatives reported Carole Wetherton, 58, of Panacea, Fla., and Kimberly Beverly, 39, of Tucker, Ga., missing last week after they failed to make their Sept. 13 flights back home.

Search teams have concentrated on the area around Crystal Lake, where police believe the pair were hiking when they got lost last week. The Uinta range is located about 50 miles east of Salt Lake City.

Authorities say the women were told by a U.S. Forest Service ranger in the Uintas on Sept. 7 that they were not dressed properly for hiking. Authorities believe the pair then left the area before returning and starting their hike.

Their rented SUV was found at the Crystal Lake trailhead Sunday, with maps, bottled water and energy bars inside the vehicle. Several areas on the map were circled, suggesting an area where the two may have trekked.

Thursday's efforts including all-terrain vehicles, bloodhound dogs, searchers on horseback and a helicopter.

Daytime temperatures were expected in the 30s, though overnight readings were likely to drop well below freezing. Searchers worked in rotations so they could warm up, eat and head back out.

"There's not a cloud in the sky, it's all blue, but extremely cold," said Summit County Chief Deputy Dave Booth.

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

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