3 sisters missing: Search For Sisters Wyoming
Published: July 9, 2015
3 sisters missing: Search For Sisters Wyoming, Search crews in Wyoming have found a car belonging to three sisters who disappeared during a camping trip, but the sisters remain missing.
Wisconsin residents Megan Andrews-Sharer, 25, and her sisters Erin, 22, and Kelsie, 16, left 10 days ago for a hiking and camping trip in Teton County, located outside Jackson Hole.
A “ping” from one of the sisters’ cellphones was last detected June 30.
Their car was found empty Wednesday at a trailhead in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
It’s believed the Andrews-Sharer sisters packed a tent, sleeping bags and about five days-worth of food.
Dozens of search team members, including dogs, are scouring an area covering roughly 150 square miles.
The terrain in the region features cliffs and heavy tree coverage, making the search efforts especially difficult, Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen said.
But Whalen remains hopeful because the sisters have extensive camping experience.
“They have been doing back-country camping trips for their entire lives, basically, so we all are confident that they especially know what they’re doing and how to survive,” Whalen said.
“Right now, it doesn’t look like there’s anything nefarious at all; it would appear they got turned around in the backcountry and now they’re lost.”
Parishioners at churches in the sisters’ home state held prayer vigils Tuesday, hoping for a safe return. Lauren Buyan, a close friend of one of the sisters, expressed concern for their safety.
“They’ve never really backpacked in the wilderness before, at least not this type of rugged wilderness,” she said. “So this would be their first real experience out here, in Wyoming.”
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