High hopes 2 hikers missing in Mont. will be found

Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Relatives say they are hoping searchers scouring rugged, snow-covered terrain for a third straight day will find two Virginia veterinarians who disappeared while hiking in Montana's Glacier National Park.

Thirty-two-year-old Jason Hiser, of Richmond, Va., and 32-year-old Neal Peckens, of Herndon, Va., were reported missing by family members Friday after failing to fly home. Their backcountry permit was for Oct. 9-10.

Hiser's mother Sandy told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Monday that she is praying the two men described as strong and experienced outdoorsmen will be safely rescued.

The National Park Service said dozens of searchers and a specialized dog team are looking for the men. They agency said tracks found Sunday suggested they may have gone off trail in snow up to 18 inches deep.