Overdue hiker found after Summerland search

Penticton Search and Rescue and RCMP members searched for a West Kelowna woman reported missing near Summerland on March 7.
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PENTICTON - A search in the Summerland area for a missing woman ended happily for all involved.

Penticton Search and Rescue were called to the Summerland area Saturday, March 7 to look for a 28-year-old woman who went missing after a hike.

The woman’s West Kelowna family called Summerland RCMP just before 9 p.m. to report their daughter missing after she failed to return home following a hike on the Trans-Canada Trail near Summerland.

Fourteen members of the Penticton Search and Rescue team responded, setting up a mobile command post near Summerland Sweets. Search Manager Dale Jorgensen utilized two teams to comb the trail on ATVs and two ground teams to cover other area trails.

The RCMP also continued their investigation, eventually finding the 28 year old female at a friend’s home in Summerland.

Penticton Search and Rescue encourages those going on a hike to tell someone where they plan to go. Have options in mind should you be overdue or should your plans change, and don’t rely on cell phones, as batteries can and do wear out.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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