2 backpackers missing near Zion National Park

Monday , August 26, 2013 - 3:48 PM


SPRINGDALE — The Utah Department of Public Safety is using a helicopter to search for two women backpacking near Zion National Park.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office says the 40- and 51-year-old women set off Thursday for the East Fork of the Virgin River and failed to reappear Sunday as planned.

The National Weather Service, meanwhile, is issuing flash-flood warnings for southern Utah.

Zion National Park saw an inch and a half of rain on Sunday. More rain was falling Monday as the search for the women continued.

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Rock slides have closed the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway at times, where the women set off.

The storms are remnants of a Pacific tropical depression that’s pushing moisture into parts of Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

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