Two Lost ANF Hikers Rescued

Two people were rescued from the Allegheny National Forest near the Hearts Content Scenic Area last week.

US Forest Service Law Enforcement says at 6 p.m. July 17, they got a report of a hiker lost on or near the Hickory Creek hiking trail in the Hickory Wilderness.

While officers were looking for 21-year-old Jonathan Hill of Watson, they encountered a group from Warren State Hospital who were looking for another lost person – a 40-year-old woman with impaired vision.

They found the woman two or three hours later, when she made her way toward the sirens being used to locate Hill.

Hill remained missing, but searchers remained in contact with him by cell phone, but he was unable to navigate in the forest because of darkness.

At about 4 a.m. Friday, a forest service officer and Warren County sheriff's deputy set out on foot to locate Hill. They found him at about 7 a.m. just off the Hickory Creek Trail. He wasn't hurt.

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