Gold-hunting hiker rescued 2nd time from Superstition MountainsPosted: Updated:
One might think Robin Byrd would have learned a lesson about hiking alone.
The 51-year-old woman who went missing while searching for a legendary gold mine in the Superstition Mountains Tuesday was rescued by Pinal County Sheriff's search and rescue deputies late Wednesday night.
Byrd, who was also rescued in December while searching for the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, was found deep in the Superstition Mountains along the Bluff Springs Trail just before midnight Wednesday, said Tim Gaffney of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.
She was flown by helicopter to a trailhead and was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Byrd was reported overdue by a friend Tuesday when she failed to show at the Peralta Trailhead in the Superstition Wilderness Area by 6 p.m., Gaffney said.
"Hopefully, she has learned a lesson this time and won't be returning to hike alone in the Superstition Mountains," Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said.
Also on Wednesday evening, the PCSO search and rescue posse found a hunter who became disoriented in a rare snowstorm near Willow Springs Road and State Highway 77, Gaffney said. He used his cell phone to call for help.
The search for Byrd was the third search-and-rescue operation by Pinal County for a missing hiker since about 9 p.m. Tuesday night, Gaffney said.
Gaffney said Byrd gave a set of bad directions to three hikers who got lost Tuesday evening, but were found by PCSO searchers shortly after midnight Wednesday.
A 39-year-old woman riding ATVs with her husband was reported missing after drinking, getting into an argument with her husband and walking away about 8:45 p.m., Gaffney said. The sheriff's office didn't receive the call she was missing until nearly three hours later, Gaffney said. She was found and taken home.
At 10:30 p.m., the sheriff's office was called with a report the three men were missing after taking a day hike and not returning to the trailhead by 4 p.m.
They told rescuers they had met Byrd about 4 p.m. several miles into the trail and that she had given them the wrong directions to the parking lot.
No injuries were reported.
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