Missing off-roaders located after break-downPosted: Updated:
UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.: The two missing men have been located. The family of John Harper received a call from him saying both men were safe around 2:00 p.m. Harper let his wife know he was located at Copper Ranch near Wagner and Lister stayed at the truck.
Members of the YCSO Jeep Posse were able to contact Lister at the vehicle and confirm he is in good condition.
Deputies were still enroute to Cooper Ranch to confirm the Harper is safe, but reports from the ranch indicate he is ok.
As we get additional details about the rescue we will update our story here on Azfamily.com
ORIGINAL: CROWN KING -- The search is on for two off-roaders who are missing in the Crown King area.
Jason Lister, 31, of Glendale, and John Harper, 39, of Phoenix, have been missing since Sunday. Their last known location was east of Senator Highway 452 and Horse Thief Basin Road.
The pair were four-wheeling in a charcoal-colored Ford F-150 when they apparently got two flat tires.
The pair had only one working cell phone, which was almost out of power, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. They possessed a small amount of water and limited supplies.
Harper's wife told 3TV that he called her Sunday night and told her what happened, saying they no idea where they were.
Melissa Harper said her husband called her again Monday morning and told her that all four tires on the truck were flat.
Dispatchers contacted Harper's cell phone carrier and requested the latest GPS coordinates for the missing pair.
The information provided by the cell phone company was only able to narrow the last location within a 10-mile radius. Further calls to Harper's cell phone were unsuccessful due to the likelihood the battery ran out of power.
The Forest Patrol supervisor drove targeted forest roads throughout the night and attempted to utilize the limited GPS information, but was unable to locate the men.
The Sheriff's Air Group, which is composed of fixed wing aircraft, was activated. Also, the Sheriff's Jeep Posse, Quad Rescue Team, and several Forest Patrol deputies are involved in the search.
A Department of Public Safety Ranger Helicopter crew was called in to assist Tuesday afternoon.