IU students lost in Hoosier National Forest overnight, rescued after 14 hours

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MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (September 21, 2015) – Two Indiana University students are happy to be home after they were lost in the Hoosier National Forest for over 14 hours.

Indiana Conservation Officers began searching for two lost hikers Sunday night around 9:00 p.m.

Connor Richardson 19, of Avon and Kenzie Denton, 19 of Avon, both IU students, called for help when they realized they were off the trail and were not going to make it back to Blackwell Horse Camp on Hoosier National Forest before dark.

The pair had hiked to Patton Cave but became disoriented and lost on the return trip.

Officers searched through the night, but suspended the search at approximately 3:30 a.m.

At daybreak the search was renewed with fresh officers, as well as staff from the Hoosier National Forest. Personnel searched on foot, by horseback and by boat throughout the morning.

The pair was located on the Grubb Ridge Trail Loop near Patton Cave at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Both were uninjured and glad to be back.