Missing Hikers Found Safe

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By WSIL Reporter

UPDATED: July 30, 2014 9:10 p.m.

POPE CO. -- Eight hikers missing in the Shawnee National Forest are now safe. Officials say an adult male, four adult females, and three kids are all doing well. 

The group was hiking in northwest Pope County near Burden Falls and bell Smith Springs when they got lost.

The group was initially reported missing around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. They  were found around 8:45 p.m.

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POPE CO. -- Emergency crews are searching for eight missing hikers in Pope County.

Sheriff Jerry Suits says the hikers were reported missing around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday near Burden Falls and Bell Smith Springs. Both of those wilderness areas are in the Shawnee National Forest in northwest Pope County.

A search is underway. Stay with News 3 for updates. 

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