2 Hikers missing since yesterday found safe

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Two hikers missing since Sunday were found safe Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas Two hikers missing since Sunday were found safe Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
Two hikers missing since Sunday were found safe Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas Two hikers missing since Sunday were found safe Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
Two hikers missing since Sunday were found safe Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas Two hikers missing since Sunday were found safe Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
Two hikers missing since Sunday were found safe Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas Two hikers missing since Sunday were found safe Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas
Two hikers missing since Sunday were found safe Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas Two hikers missing since Sunday were found safe Monday morning. By Jennifer Thomas

MARICOPA COUNTY -- Search-and-rescue crews spent the morning scouring an area of the Superstition Mountains for two hikers who failed to return from a daytime trek Sunday. The two were found safe shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday.

Crews were concentrating on the First Water Trailhead area, which is off State Route 88 north of Apache Junction. Dep. Lindsay Smith of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said search teams went out at about 5 a.m.

The hikers have been identified as Annette Rhoades, 26, and Yvonne Cale, 25, from Queen Creek. Smith said the pair set out Sunday while it was still light, but they did not return.

Their husbands went to try and find them at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday but only found their car.

The women were not dressed for cold temperatures and the overnight low in the area was likely in the low 40s.

Searchers were out on horseback and in off-road vehicles. The MCSO helicopter was also part of the search-and-rescue operation. A K-9 unit found the cold and hungry hikers on Second Water Trail.

The women said they could not find the trail they were looking for and then it became dark and very cold. They had a dog with them and it got covered in cactus needles so they decided to stay where they were for the night.

They were not seriously injured, suffering only some scrapes and bruises.