A weekend search for two hikers missing in Montana's Glacier National Park ended Monday with the pair found alive and well.
Neal Peckens, 32, of Herndon, Va., and Jason Hiser, of Richmond, Va., had been missing more than three days.
The hikers, both veterinarians, had gotten a backcountry permit to hike on a 17-mile loop through the east side of the park over Oct. 9 and 10. Their families reported them missing on Friday when the two missed their flight home.
Officials found their empty vehicle late Friday night and began the search early Saturday morning, but the weather failed to cooperate: On Sunday, 50 searchers encountered low visibility and 18-inch-deep snow on the trails, according to a news release from the National Park Service.
Search crews had found a “recently used fire ring” and tracks possibly used by the hikers. Officials thought that wintry conditions may have forced the two men off the trail.