Three hikers missing on California's Mt. Whitney have been found safe, but officials say two other hikers are now reported missing.
Sequoia National Park spokeswoman Dana Dierkes says 34-year-old Michael Abraham, 43-year-old Stevan Filips and 45-year-old Dale Clymens were found by search teams around noon Thursday.
Dierkes says the three men from the Omaha, Neb., area were found in a hut after taking shelter during a snowstorm.
The three hikers were reported missing Monday evening on the 14,494-foot Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States.
But Dierkes says two additional hikers have also been reported missing after failing to return from a hike Tuesday.
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SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) _ Snowstorms are hampering the search for three missing hikers on California's Mt. Whitney.
Park spokeswoman Dana Dierkes says the three men from the Omaha, Neb.-area went missing on a hike Monday evening on the 14,494-foot Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States.
The Fresno Bee says about 45 people are assigned to the search but snowstorms are making it difficult. A command post dispatcher says Thursday that there's snow above 8,000 feet.
The men have been identified as 34-year-old Philip Abraham, 45-year-old Dale Clymens and 43-year-old Steven Filips.
Abraham's girlfriend, Brandy O'Connor, tells KETV in Omaha that she had been receiving text messages from Abraham until 10:28 a.m. Tuesday and hasn't heard from him since.