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Search on for missing hiker

December 26, 1997

Rescue crews were searching Friday night for a 15-year-old boy who reportedly became separated from a group of hikers on the Appalachian Trail earlier in the day, police said.

The boy was last seen about 6:30 p.m. near the Hemlock Hills shelter near Greenbrier State Park, said Cpl. Daryl Sanders of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Sanders said officials were concerned about the boy because of the possibility of snow that was predicted for overnight and the fact that he had limited camping equipment.

Officers from the state Department of Natural Resources were heading the search for the boy Friday night, Sanders said. Rescue crews also were considering using a helicopter to look for the boy, Sanders said.

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