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Missing trio found after 60 hours in mountains

May 30, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Their car got stuck Sunday in the Mosquito Park area of the Wind River range.

The subjects of a search and rescue operation initiated Tuesday evening were found Wednesday afternoon above Fort Washakie.

Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said the three young adults -- two men and a woman -- had gone missing after their car got stuck Sunday in the Mosquito Park area of the Wind River Mountains.

A fourth person reportedly had walked back to town after the car got stuck. When he returned, he said the three were gone.

"At the point we were notified, they'd been missing 48 hours," Lee said.

The search began at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, and ground crews located the subjects at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Lee said the people were within the search area.

They were in "OK" condition, according to published reports.

Fremont County Search and Rescue volunteers assisted the Wind River Police Department with the search and coordinated air support in the form of fixed wing aircraft, Lee said. However, weather conditions hampered the air operations.

"There was a lot of wind up there, so they couldn't do much flying," Lee said.

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