SALT LAKE CITY -- A search and rescue team is looking for a Utah woman and an Oregon man who have been missing since Sunday in Zion National Park in southern Utah.
About 25 park rangers, employees and volunteers are searching for Evgenia Bruzulukova, 25, from Roy, Utah and Jonathon Wilson, 28, from Portland, Oregon. The pair had a one-day backcountry permit for their Saturday trip through Russell Gulch and the Left Fork of North Creek, but their car was still parked at the trailhead on Sunday.
"At this point it is unclear what exactly happened, but they could have made a wrong turn or even wandered out of the canyon," said David Eaker, a spokesman Zion National Park.
Eaker said family members of the two did not have additional information on where the hikers were going or their level of experience.
Bruzulukova and Wilson were last seen by park visitors on Saturday morning at the head of Russell gulch during the beginning of their trip.
The area is dotted with several 100-foot rappels and swims through fast-running and cold water and is so popular the park offers only 50 permits per day, Eaker said.
The area also poses dangerous, rugged terrain for hikers in addition to many areas without cell phone reception, he said.
Rescuers are using dog teams, a helicopter and multiple ground teams as search efforts continue on Tuesday with clear, blue skies.
This area is located near the Kolob Terrace Road in Zion National Park, about 15 miles north of Virgin, Utah.
Information from: The Spectrum, http://www.thespectrum.com