Neal Peckens, Jason Hiser missing hikers found safe
Two Virginia veterinarians reported missing while hiking in Glacier National Park were found alive Monday, elated family members and park officials said.
Neal Peckens of Herndon, Va. and Jason Hiser of Richmond, Va. were found by searchers around 3:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, park officials said, noting the men had no injuries and were reunited with waiting relatives.
The two had been reported missing by their families Friday after failing to catch a flight home.
"It proved to me that there are more people in this world than there are bad people - and there is a God, anyway you look at it there is a God,” Norma Brown, Peckens mother-in-law.
Cathy Peckens says her son fell down a ravine. She says he wasn't seriously hurt but couldn't climb back up in the icy conditions. Eventually Jason Hiser made his way to him, and they spent three nights waiting to be rescued, rationing the little food they had.
Cathy Peckens says the men could hear rescue helicopters, but no one could see them.
A park spokesperson says the search was tough.
"Because of the low visibility, the low cloud cover, that limits our aerial operations."
But despite a rain snow mix, the 50 plus people searching finally found the men yesterday afternoon.
By phone from Cumberland Maryland, Hiser's mother Sandy told ABC7: "They're fine. Of course, they're tired, they're exhausted - but they're fine."
Peckens has been reunited with his wife and father in Montana.
Waiting for him at home is his baby girl Madison, who had her first birthday party just days before her father disappeared.
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