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Hiker found after 6-hr search in Md. forest

Posted at 7:34 AM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 07:34:08-04
OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a hiker who went missing in Potomac State Forest in western Maryland was found after a six-hour search.
 
Media outlets report that Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says 66-year-old Jana Estep of Alexandria, Virginia, was picking fiddlehead ferns with a friend Saturday evening in the Walnut Bottom area of the park, but they became separated. The other hiker called 911.
 
A team of searchers and canine units formed a perimeter and switched on lights and sirens on their vehicles during the search. Thomson says before 1 a.m. Estep found her way to one vehicle. She was uninjured, but cold, wet and disoriented. Estep was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
 
Thompson says Estep got lost in overgrown vegetation in the rugged area.
 

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