Lost hikers found in Deam Wilderness

MONROE CO. – Indiana Conservation Officers have located two lost hikers after a long search in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness of Hoosier National Forest.

Yesterday at approximately 6 p.m., Monroe County received a 911 call from Jason Craig, 44, of Valparaiso, requesting help because he and his wife were hiking in Deam and got lost.

Search crews, comprising Indiana Conservation Officers and the Monroe Fire Protection District. responded and began searching the area by foot, all-terrain vehicle, and boat.

Craig was located near the area of Grubb Ridge Trail, but his wife, Hannah Daugherty, 36, was still missing. The two had separated when Daugherty became too exhausted to walk, and Craig left for help. The search for Daugherty was suspended overnight due to the steep terrain and other hazards in the area.

Crews from Indiana Conservation Officers, Hoosier Nation Forest Service, and Monroe Fire Protection District resumed the search at sunrise today and located Daugherty at 9 a.m.  

Both hikers were checked by EMS and released.