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Mother, father, child found after going missing during hike

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Updated: Jul. 7, 2020 at 2:13 PM EDT
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CANTON, N.C. (WYFF) - A mother, father and 1-year-old child have been found after they were reported missing after not returning from a hike, according to the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office.

The group was found around noon Tuesday walking off trail trying to find their way back.

Their phones had died, but their rescue whistle helped crews find them.

They have some minor bumps and bruises but no serious injuries.

Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes said a 911 was made about 8:45 p.m. Monday about the hikers not returning.

He said the two adults and child had parked in the Black Balsam parking lot and gone for a day hike in the Shining Rock Wilderness area at about noon.

A search began and continued throughout the night, Haynes said. It resumed at about 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Haywood County Emergency Services Director Greg Shuping says crews, including the county’s wilderness rescue squad, sheriff’s department and two fire departments were involved in the search.

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