Scout Campers Missing in N.C.
Rescue teams headed into the mountains of western North Carolina near Waynesville today (Sept. 24) in search of eight Boy Scouts and their leaders who failed to return from a camping trip over the weekend, the Associated Press reported.
Several of the troop members had cell phones, but the cell phone service in the area is spotty. Lisa Logan, the mother of one missing scout, said she suspected the group simply got off schedule and decided to camp out for one more night.
The search is a precaution, said Charity Sharp, spokeswoman for the Cruso Fire Department.
"There's eight children up there, so we want to make sure everyone's OK. There's a possibility they could be hurt," she said. Three adults were with the group.
More than two dozen firefighters and search and rescue crew members were checking a five-square-mile area near Black Balsam Knob in southern Haywood County, and more searchers were headed to the area later today, Sharp said.