Teresa Mills, Bonanza Staff Writer

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December 19, 2001
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Missing hikers found

Two hikers reported missing by a family member Wednesday night were found safe and in good spirits on the Flume Trail at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday by rescue personnel.

At about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday Edward Hass dropped April Hass, 14, and Erica Hass, 22, from Centerville, Ohio off at Highway 50 and State Route 28 to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail from Spooner Summit to Tunnel Creek just south of Incline Village.

Edward Hass was expecting them to reach the Tunnel Creek Road area prior to nightfall.

When Erica and April Hass did not reach Tunnel Creek, Edward Hass notified the rangers at Sand Harbor State Park. The park Rangers immediately initiated a limited search and contacted the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

"What they did is start the hike at State Route 28 and Highway 50 instead of at the trailhead and it took them quite awhile to get to Marlette Peak. Then it got dark," said Sgt. Bob Towery, Washoe County Sheriff's Office public information officer. "They really weren't lost. But since it was dark they stopped and found a place to stay on the Flume Trail."

At about 1:30 a.m., they were located on the Flume Trail approximately 1.5 miles south of Tunnel Creek Road. Both were in good physical condition and spirits when they were located.

Towery said Erica Hass complained of a twisted ankle, she was examined by a paramedic and told it was safe for her to go home.

Thirty-four volunteers from the Sheriff's Hasty Team, the Sheriff's Jeep Squadron, Washoe County Search and Rescue, the Sheriff's Communication Unit, Nevada State Parks, Carson City Sheriff's Search and Rescue and Douglas County Search and Rescue participated in the search effort.

Towery said the two hikers did the right thing by staying in one place when it got dark.

"One of the biggest problems usually is people keep walking around to try and find their way out which makes a search more difficult," he said.

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