Three rescued in Otter Creek

OTTER CREEK — Three lost individuals were found Friday in the Otter Creek Wilderness Area after being reported missing the day before.

Elkins Fire Department Chief Tom Meader said the three people entered the wilderness area on the Tucker County side but got lost after daylight Thursday.

“They went in (Thursday) in Tucker County and when it got dark on them they got turned around, so they ended up on the Randolph County side,” Meader said.

Meader explained the individuals were able to use their cell phones to communicate with emergency responders to help officials find them around 1:45 p.m. Friday.

“We’ve been on this since around 11 p.m. (Thursday),” he said. “They had a little bit of cell phone service and they had a bit of battery life left — they said around midnight they had about 12 percent — so we tried to text them to save battery. They gave us coordinates from their phone.”

The individuals were visiting the area from Pennsylvania.

In addition to EFD and Parsons Volunteer Fire Department, members of the Whitmer Volunteer Fire Department, Randolph Search Command, United States Forest Service Police, and West Virginia State Police Search and Rescue were called to assist in the search. Meader said Adam Wratchford provided two horses for the search effort.