Three sisters who went missing after a Wyoming camping trip are now found!
Just over a week ago, sisters Kelsi Andrews-Sharer (16), Erin Andrews-Sharer (22), and Megan Andrews-Sharer (25) ventured out to Teton County for a good ole’ fashion camping trip. They set up camp right outside of Jackson Hole and it’s rumoured that their trip had initially intended to be only five days. The girls, originally from Wisconsin, have experience camping but according to their close friend, Lauren Buyan, this type of terrain was outside of their realm of experience. Lauren stated:
“They’ve never really backpacked in the wilderness before, at least not this type of rugged wilderness. So this would be their first real experience out here, in Wyoming.”
The search team included dozens of people and dogs but it was the air team that eventually found the girls. Lori Iverson, public information officer for the Fish and Wildlife Service said that helicopters “spotted three individuals matching the description of Megan, Erin, and Kelsi Andrews-Sharer”. The team, before locating the sisters, had covered about 150 square miles. According to Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen, the search was especially difficult because of the heavy tree coverage and varied terrain.
Now, ten days after leaving for their trip, they’ve been recovered 7 miles from where their car was located on Wednesday. Iverson reported that the girls are “tired, cold, hungry, but otherwise healthy and happy to be on their way out”.
They aren’t the only one’s rejoicing! ABC News spoke with the girl’s father. He told ABC:
“The girls are in good spirits. They were running a little bit short on food, but other than that they’re in good physical condition, as you can imagine my wife and I are very relieved and thankful that they’re safe.”
With his daughters now back home he was able to reflect on their choices while lost. Like any proud father, he boasted about their survival skills that helped them get rescued. He said:
“I think they had a good plan, like anything people can get turned around here and it’s a big wilderness. They did all the right things, they hung out in one spot, they stayed close together, they didn’t try to do anything that you wouldn’t want skilled hikers to do, they stayed put, they made sure they were able to be seen, that’s how the helicopter found them.”