- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and his two young children who had been missing for two days in a rugged area of northern California were found safe by authorities Thursday night.

Rescue crews found and airlifted 41-year-old father Nicholas Vlahos, his 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter to a staging area near Camptonville, about 100 miles northeast of Sacramento, according to the San Francisco Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1EU0eNc ) .

Details on the rescue weren’t immediately available.

The family was declared missing after failing to return home on Tuesday from a camping trip to the Sierra Nevada.

They were last seen leaving a campsite in their 2014 Black Toyota Tundra pickup truck, after camping with other family members.

Nearly 60 volunteers scoured the wilderness Thursday looking for the family.

KNTV in San Jose reported (https://bit.ly/1F1JyEO) that Vlahos is co-owner of a popular barbershop in North Oakland, California.

Police said the family planned to drive through a remote and rugged portion of Sierra and Plumas counties on their trip home. Authorities had been searching since Tuesday. Sierra County is on the California-Nevada border.


Information from: KNTV-TV.

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