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Sam Penrod ReportingFor a third day searchers are scouring an area in the High Uintas for two missing hikers.
The women, Carole Wetherton, 58, of Panacea, Fla., and Kimberly Beverly, 39, of Tucker, Ga., were in Utah on vacation and went hiking in the mountains, but they weren't reported missing until Saturday when they missed their flight home.
Unfortunately searchers have found no sign of the two women and after a week of them missing, authorities are becoming very concerned how two women unfamiliar with the area and likely unprepared for the extended stay with the cold conditions in this primitive area.
The two were in Utah on vacation. Their rented SUV has been in the parking lot for a week now and authorities are searching the numerous trails that begin there, but they admit the women’s chance of survival after a week are not very high, especially if they were ill prepared with provisions and inadequate clothing.
Forty searchers are looking for the hikers today and are getting help from an airplane. Searchers say it is likely the women went off trail because after three days of searching, along with dozens of other hikers on the trails in the area, no one has reported seeing any sign of the women. That makes the search even more difficult.
Searchers are also concerned because a new storm is heading into the area that will likely bring with it several inches of snow.
Authorities are asking that anyone who has seen the two over the last two weeks, either in Park City or in the Uintas, contact the Summit County sheriff.