'Overdue' AZ Scout troop located after MCSO search - Tucson News Now

'Overdue' AZ Scout troop located after MCSO search

PHOENIX (CBS5) - A group of Boy Scouts who failed to return from their hike late Saturday afternoon was located by a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office search team at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

A parent had reported that the two adults and six boys, ages 12 to 13, were supposed to return from their hike in the Four Peaks area at about 4 p.m. Saturday. When they didn't show up, MCSO mobilized a search team.

Shortly past 10 p.m., the search team found the group's two vehicles parked at the Loan Pine Saddle Trailhead.

They found the group at about 1:30 a.m. in a remote area. The scout leader said they were OK, according to MCSO.

MCSO spokesman Brandon Jones said some parents called back later Sunday morning still concerned so deputies launched a team along with a helicopter to reach the Scouts. They found the group in the same spot, Jones said.

It turns out the parent that reported them overdue may have had misinformation about when the troop was coming back.

After MCSO made contact with the Scouts a second time, deputies said they found the troop was never in any danger and able to hike out on their own, so the rescue effort was canceled.

By late Sunday afternoon, the Scouts were seen reuniting with their parents.

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