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SEARCH ENDS FOR MISSING GIRLS

Just before a 17-year-old and her 23-year-old sister, both from Walden, decided to go hiking in the Sam Houston National Forest. They parked their vehicle near the intersection of Lake Mt. Pleasant and Forest Road 224 in far northwest Montgomery County. They entered the woods on unmarked trails and continued in for several miles.

The two then got turned around on the trail and became lost. They contacted 911 who was able to get an area they were in until the phone went dead.

The pair then heard small engines and emerged on the upper portions of Lake Conroe. Attempting several times to wave boaters down they started walking south on the shoreline until they came to a small creek. At that point they headed back into the woods following the creek.

As this transpired Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office had established a full search and rescue operation. A volunteer organization, Montgomery County Search and Rescue responded to the scene. In the mean time U.S. Forest Service  Ranger Smith started maneuvering the many trails looking for footprints or any sign of the girls. After searching both on foot and in a motorized vehicle he too was unable to locate them.

Just as Montgomery County Search and Rescue teams were about to enter the woods, with only thirty minutes of daylight left, the girls emerged onto Lake Mt. Pleasant Road. A Montgomery County Deputy spotted them and returned them to the command post.

MCHR and Montgomery Fire Department responded to the scene to evaluate the two who were not injured but were showing signs of multiple scratches from the woods.

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