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Searchers locate family group, hunter

Search teams over the weekend located a missing elk hunter in the mountains east of Ogden and a family group that was stranded in a cabin in the Lone Peak area of southeast Salt Lake County.

All of the missing people were found in good condition despite severe weather that had trapped them in high, rugged mountain areas.About two hours before nightfall Sunday, a cloud cover finally broke long enough for a search helicopter to locate a cabin where a missing father and his three children had taken refuge from the snow storm.

The four had taken a horseback ride to the family cabin in the Lone Peak area of Salt Lake County on Friday, intending to spend the night and return on Saturday. The man's wife notified authorities after the storm hit and her family had not returned as scheduled.

Blinded by blowing snow, searchers on foot were unable to locate the cabin until weather conditions allowed the Salt Lake County sheriff's helicopter to take to the air and guide those below to its location.

At about 5:15 p.m., air searchers notified the command post at the mouth of Corner Canyon that they had spotted the four horses near a cabin in a stand of tall pines. A few minutes later, the father stepped outside with his dog and waved to the helicopter.

However, because of the deep snow, frigid winds and difficult terrain, it took a pair of searchers on the ground more than 2 1/2 hours to reach the cabin. They found the father and his three children safe and warm inside.

The search leader said the family members had rationed their food supply over the weekend, though the horses had not eaten in two days. Because of nightfall, the searchers decided to spend the night with the family in the cabin and hike out together Monday morning.

The names of the family members were not released as of press time.

Earlier Sunday, Weber County searchers located a Roy man who spent the night in the Monte Cristo area about 35 miles east of Ogden after being separated from hunting partners.

Lloyd E. Haynes, 39, left the hunting camp at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and was due back at 2 p.m. When he failed to return, his partners searched for him and then reported him missing to a Wildlife Resources officer.

Searchers followed Haynes' trail for about three hours before losing it in near-blizzard conditions Saturday night, said Weber County sheriff's Sgt. Klint Anderson.

The helicopter picked him up at about 9 a.m. He was in "very good condition considering his ordeal," Anderson added.