SPRINGDALE -- Zion National Park Rangers are "fairly confident" they have found a Utah woman and an Oregon man who have been missing since Sunday.
About 25 park rangers, employees and volunteers were searching for Evgenia Buzulukova, 25, from Roy, and Jonathon Wilson, 28, from Portland, Ore. The search expanded to David Balkcom, 37, of Salt Lake City, after he was overdue to return after entering The Subway canyon on Monday.
Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, a hiker saw a group of nine people huddled together in The Subway. Rangers are almost certain Buzulukova, Wilson and Balkcom are among them, though they are waiting to confirm as much once they have been brought to safety, said David Eaker, park spokesman.
"They're a little beat up," but have no life-threatening injuries as far as rangers know, he said.
As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, rangers were assessing how to reach the hikers with food and water until they can be rescued.
Buzulukova and Wilson 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 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," Eaker said.
Buzulukova and Wilson were last seen by park visitors 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 cold water. It's so popular, Eaker said, the park offers only 50 permits per day.
The area also poses dangerous, rugged terrain for hikers, in addition to many areas without cell phone reception, he said.
-- The Associated Press contributed to this article.