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Updated: Lost Person Located in Charles Deam Wilderness - Blackwell Horseman Camp

MONROE COUNTY - JULY 1, 2022 -Update: Indiana Conservation Officers have located two lost hikers after a long search in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness of Hoosier National Forest.

Yesterday at approximately 6 p.m., Monroe County received a 911 call from Jason Craig, 44, of Valparaiso, requesting help because he and his wife were hiking in Deam and got lost.

Search crews comprising Indiana Conservation Officers and the Monroe Fire Protection District responded and began searching the area by foot, all-terrain vehicle, and boat.

Craig was located near the area of Grubb Ridge Trail, but his wife, Hannah Daugherty, 36, was still missing. The two had separated when Daugherty became too exhausted to walk, and Craig left for help. The search for Daugherty was suspended overnight due to the steep terrain and other hazards in the area.

Crews from Indiana Conservation Officers, Hoosier Nation Forest Service, and Monroe Fire Protection District resumed the search at sunrise today and located Daugherty at 9 a.m.

Both hikers were checked by EMS and released. A female that was reported lost in the Charles Deam Wilderness of the Hooiser National Forest was located this afternoon.

Original story: Last night, emergency crews from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Monroe Fire Protection District, and IU Lifeline Ambulance Service Bloomington responded to Blackwell's Horseman's Camp to search for the female that was reported lost.

Crews used boats, ATVs, and walked trails in trying to locate the lost female.

Crews discontinued the search around 10:30 p.m. as darkness fell on the search crews and resumed the search early Friday morning.

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