- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NEBO, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the search for missing hikers (all times local):

4 p.m.

Two hikers believed missing in the Pisgah National Forest have been found in downtown Asheville, unaware that more than 200 people had searched for them.

Multiple media outlets report that detectives searching the downtown area found Tesla Rackley and Tony Logan on Tuesday afternoon.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. Frank Stout says Rackley and Logan became separated from friends during a hike Saturday. He says the pair didn’t know about the search that began Sunday at the Laurel Creek and Squirrel Gap trail head in the forest after friends and family reported them missing.

Search efforts expanded and continued for two days.

Logan tells WLOS -TV that the two hitched a ride to Asheville. He says it slipped his mind to call family.


5:45 a.m.

Search and rescue crews are looking for two hikers who have been reported missing in Pisgah National Forest.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that 25-year-old Anthony Logan and Tesla Rackley, who is about 20, have not been seen since Saturday afternoon near the Laurel Creek and Squirrel Gap trailhead.

Crews were expected to return to looking for the missing pair on Tuesday morning in western North Carolina.

Authorities say the couple went camping on Wednesday and were separated from the other three people in their group. They are believed to be accompanied by a dog named Lucky.

Multiple agencies have been assisting with the search, including a helicopter from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

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