Two Eldon teenagers' hike in the woods turned into a rescue mission on Tuesday. A concerned call from one of the teen's sisters to 911 prompted agencies to the scene of the Osage Beach City Park, where the teens had started their hike.


Two Eldon teenagers' hike in the woods turned into a rescue mission on Tuesday. A concerned call from one of the teen's sisters to 911 prompted agencies to the scene of the Osage Beach City Park, where the teens had started their hike.

The sister said the two had been missing for more than 2 hours. Her concern for their safety grew as nightfall drew closer.

Personnel from the Osage Beach Fire Protection District and Park Rangers were able to reach the 18-year-old and 15-year-old by cell phone, though cell phone service was unreliable.

Through using such technologies as Google Earth, Chief Jeff Dorhauer was able get an idea of where the teens might be located in the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Dorhauer began his search at the access from the Osage Beach City Park while Firefighter Kevin Hurtubise and others began their search from the Route 42 entrance to the state park.

Surrounded by woods, park rangers told the teens to start walking towards the sun. Meanwhile, the district started blaring its horn and sirens on one of its engine trucks for the girls to follow by sound.

"We zig-zagged around for a bit," one said, "because it sounded like the horn was coming from different directions, but we eventually saw the shoreline."

The teenagers were located by crews shortly after. They were uninjured though slightly shaken up by their experience.

The entire search took about 30 minutes, ending around 7:15 p.m. The girls first began their hike around 4:30 p.m.

Dorhauer said he was happy that they found the two before dark, when locating lost hikers becomes more difficult.