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Lost Hiker Located After Over Two Hour Search

2/16/17

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(Cleveland)- An unidentified hiker was located after he became lost in Northern White County Wednesday afternoon.  David Murphy, White County Public Safety Director said Thursday, White County 9-1-1 was contacted around 4 PM Wednesday by a male hiker who had driven to US Forest Road 79, Tray Mountain Road in  northern White County.  

The hiker started walking about 4 miles up the road. Murphy said, he later  veered off the trail and could not find his way back to his vehicle.

According to Murphy, once firefighters were advised of the lost hiker, White County Fire Captain Terry Sosebee called the Georgia State Patrol and requested the activation of  their helicopter to assist in the search.  

The hiker was located around 6 pm, in Habersham County.  

Murphy said the hiker was provided information and he made contact with the crew on board the helicopter, who guided him to Odis Barron Road in Habersham.  U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement then met with the hiker and escorted him to safety.  

The hiker was not injured, according to Murphy.   

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