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Tuolumne County Sheriff: Missing Hikers Found

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A search is underway for two missing hikers in Tuolumne County. Officials say Donna Hallberg (left) and Mark Smallwood (right) have been missing since Wednesday.

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Update 6:58 p.m. - The two California hikers who were reported missing Wednesday in Tuolumne County have been found.

According to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office, Donna Hallberg and Mark Smallwood -- and their dog, Lulu -- hiked 60 miles. They had to divert from their trail due to difficult terrain and heavy snow on Tuesday, and were looking for alternate routes.



 
Original Post: (AP) - Crews are searching for two California hikers who went missing in Tuolumne County.
 
KCRA-TV reports  that friends reported 55-year-old Donna Hallberg and 59-year-old Mark Smallwood of Modesto missing Wednesday. They left to hike Crabtree Trail on Sunday and were supposed to return Tuesday.
 
Tuolumne County sheriff's Sgt. Andrea Benson says friends say the pair were experienced hikers and have hiked the trail several times in the past. They packed for inclement weather but only had enough food for three days.
 
Hallberg and Smallwood started the three-day hike at the Crabtree Trail Head and were expected to go by Lake Gem and the Long Deer Lakes in the Pinecrest area.
 
Investigators say Smallwood's black-and-white dog, Lulu, went with them.