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Mormon Trail hiker ends up in the arms of Guard

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — A 50-year-old Mormon Trail hiker took a wrong turn and ended up on the tarmac of the regional airport and in the arms of National Guard troops.

Alex Meyer was detained and questioned by police before his release Wednesday.

Officer Zack Peters said Meyer seemed truly remorseful for causing so much trouble.

"I think he just wanted to be invisible," he said.

Police said Meyer, a schoolteacher, was conducting research of his LDS faith by hiking the trail through Lincoln County.

He followed a trail for 13 miles along the Platte River to North Platte. When he came across a security fence, he scaled a gate to continue his trek. He didn't realize he was on airport grounds until he saw runways.

Police said he immediately tried to exit the airport grounds, but airport employees called the National Guard troops.

After determining he was not a security threat, officers drove Meyer back to the highway so he could continue his research.