Missing mushroom hunters located safely

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Indiana Conservation Officers and staff members at Shades State Park responded to a call of two lost mushroom hunters at Pedestal Rock Nature Preserve, southwest of Crawfordsville.

Sunday afternoon Jennifer Leslie of Darlington and Cody Bush of Illinois entered Pedestal Rock Nature Preserve early in the afternoon in search of mushrooms and became lost after trying to return to their vehicle.

Around 3 p.m. Leslie called 911 after realizing they were walking in the wrong direction.  The call was answered by the Parke County dispatch before being transferred to Montgomery County dispatch.

Montgomery County was able to get the GPS coordinates from the 911 call and conservation officers were able to use their in-car computer to plot the GPS coordinates on a map.

The lost individuals were located and were able to safely return to their vehicle.

Indiana Conservation Officers would like to remind anyone entering a wooded area to let someone know where you are going and when you will be returning.  A cell phone is an excellent piece of equipment to have with you in the event you become lost.