TETON RANGE, Wyo. (WCMH)-The three sisters who were missing in Wyoming on a hiking trip to the Tetons have been found safe, according to search officials.
The girls, Megan, Erin and Kelsi Andrews-Sharer, were found at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday by a helicopter, about seven miles west of where their car was located.
Kelsi, the youngest sister, and her parents attend Grace Point Community Church. Kelsi is a student at Olentangy High School.
At work in the Wyoming wilderness, guides Kolten Cook and Nate Suter were clearing trails. They spotted something in the distance, and knew it wasn’t an animal.
“I just looked up and happened to see something white, skinny and bobbling down the side of the ridge about a mile away,” Suter said.
And as these two men went back to camp they spotted a deputy. They learned of the missing sisters–as Suter said, things fell into place from there.
“When we got back out and figured out there was people missing that’s when everything started to click and kinda make sense,” Suter said “So we gave our story to the sheriff and this morning we woke up and they still hadn’t been found yet. So we called dispatch again just to make sure they got up there and look and then, sure enough, they were about 20 minutes after that they were found.”
A helicopter spotted spotted three individuals matching the description of Megan, Erin, and Kelsi Andrews-Sharer near the top of the divide between Horse Creek and Little Horse Creek in the Gros Ventre Wilderness, The helicopter landed and confirmed it was them.
Cook described the area the girls were hiking in as remote.
“It’s a really weird place to see someone,” he explained. “It’s about ten miles back in. They weren’t on any trail. They were just walking down the ridge. It was in a really, really weird spot. You just don’t see people back in there, at all.”
The website Buckrail.com posted the video below to YouTube of the girls being returned by helicopter.
Officials said the girls were tired, cold, and hungry but otherwise healthy and happy to be on their way out.
Cook and Suter said they were thrilled to help.
“We’re tickled,” Suter said. “I mean, it’s not often that something like that happens out here, so we’re both pretty excited that they got found and we’re able to help and point them exactly where they were.”
The Olentangy School District released the following statement in regards to the girls being found:
The Olentangy Local School District joins the Andrews-Sharer family and the community in celebrating the news that Kelsi and her sisters have been found and are safe. We learned of this good news early Thursday afternoon and are relieved to know that Kelsi will be rejoining her family, friends and teammates soon.
At Grace Point, creative arts pastor Aaron Zink said the community was overjoyed to hear of the girls’ safe return.
“Walking out to the hallway to grab something, I heard hooting and hollering down the hall,” he said. The girls were found and we all…had a humongous sigh of relief.
“You can’t imagine the relief that family must be experiencing, and the joy. We are going to have a great moment this Sunday of celebration and thanksgiving. If they happen to be here, it will be amazing.”
Claire Hardesty, one of Kelsi’s friends, said she was “overcome with joy.”
“She is such a good person, a friend, and a sister, always there for you,” Hardesty said. “(She is a) true light and a competitive person. I love that about her.
“In that span of the unknown of what would happen, having her sisters had to be reassuring, (and) knowing people here were praying for her. She has a huge family and community around here.”