Officials have doubled their search efforts scouring through the Wyoming wilderness for three sisters from Columbus, Ohio who have been missing for days after what was supposed to be a short camping trip.
Search spokeswoman Lori Iverson says 60 people are searching on Thursday on horseback, foot and with the help of tracking dogs. If weather permits, helicopters will ferry searchers and look for the missing young women from the air.
The search began Tuesday after the sisters failed to return home from a backcountry camping trip. Their vehicle was found Wednesday at a wilderness trailhead in Bridger-Teton National Forest, about 30 miles south of the resort town of Jackson.
Authorities have identified the sisters as 25-year-old Megan Margaret Andrews Sharer of Milwaukee, 22-year-old Erin Andrews-Sharer of Columbus; and 16-year-old Kelsi Andrews-Sharer, also of Columbus.
Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen says the three sisters were well-prepared for their trip, are experienced hikers, and have back country experience.
One of the last signs from the women is a ping from one of the sisters on June 30th. It is believed the sisters packed enough food for five days of camping. Authorities also noted that the sisters had the right camping gear with them for a multi-day excursion.
150-square miles are being covered by search teams. County Sheriff Jim Whalen says it appears as though the sisters had gotten turned around while exploring.
Witnesses report several sightings of the sisters over the past few days, which is why more searchers have been added and new areas will be explored.
“They are healthy, fit young women and were well prepared for this trip,” Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen said in a statement, NBC News reported. “However, despite their experience in the backcountry, they may have simply made a wrong turn.”