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2 women missing in the High Uintas

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Search and rescue crews were expected to return Monday morning to the High Uintas in search of two out-of-state women who did not return home from a Utah vacation.

Carole Wetherton, 58, of Panacea, Fla., and her daughter, Kim Beverly, 40, of Tucker, Ga., were supposed to board a Saturday night flight to return home. But neither of them made the plane and family members called Utah authorities, the Summit County Sheriff's Office told KSL-TV.

The women's rented sport-utility vehicle was found near the Crystal Lake trailhead Sunday afternoon. Inside the vehicle were maps and notes believed to have been day hike plans, according to the sheriff's office.

About 2 p.m. Sunday, the county's search and rescue patrol arrived on scene and began combing the mountainous, densely forested hiking trails for the two women, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said.

About 20 people searched the ground. A helicopter hovered overhead for signs of the women, Edmunds said.

"It's quite extensive, encompassing a large portion of our county in the High Uintas," Edmunds said Sunday night.

But at dusk, the search ended. The women had not been found.

The women arrived in Utah Monday and were last seen at a Park City condominium Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office. It is unknown how long the women have been missing, and authorities are worried about exposure because the High Uintas received cold temperatures and snow last week.

A more extensive search was expected to convene at Trial Lake at 7:30 a.m. today. In addition to the crews in Summit County, volunteer searchers and rescuers were called from Salt Lake County, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Lane Larkin said.

On Sunday night, Larkin did not know how many of the volunteers would be free to leave their other responsibilities to help.

"They're going to have to get off work," he said.


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