Missing-person scare ends

Women found near trailhead after three-hour ordeal

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A missing-person scare ended Tuesday night when, after being lost for several hours, two women were reunited with their children.

The women, thought to be visitors to Steamboat Springs, had dropped off their children at the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. Kids' Vacation Center earlier in the day, saying they were going for a day hike and would return shortly.

When the women had not returned from their hike by 5:30 p.m., the time the children were supposed to be picked up, the staff began to get concerned. A staff member called the police department at about 6:45 p.m., when the women were more than an hour late to pick up the children, Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said.

After the women were reported missing, the Routt County Sheriff's Office, Routt County Search and Rescue and the Department of Social Services were contacted, Rae said.

The children were taken to a friend's home while the search for their mothers was conducted, Rae said.

Undersheriff Dan Taylor said that the women's rental car was found at about 8:45 p.m. on Seedhouse Road and that the women were found soon after near the Slovania Trailhead.

Taylor didn't think Search and Rescue members had enough time to mobilize and start their search before the women were found.

"Apparently, they had just gotten turned around," Taylor said.

The women were fine after they were found.

They drove their vehicle to the police department, where they were reunited with their children after the three-hour ordeal.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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