3 Mt. Whitney hikers found; 2 others missing

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Posted: Oct 21, 2010 7:33 PM
3 Mt. Whitney hikers found; 2 others missing

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.