Two 10-year-old girls who became lost during a school hike in the Black Hills and spent the night alone were back with their families on Thursday.
The two fourth graders were in good shape despite wet and below freezing weather Wednesday night, according to a release from the Custer County Office of Emergency Services.
The search began Wednesday evening after authorities received a call that a teacher and several students from the Rosebud St. Francis School were missing. They had been hiking in the Harney Peak area.
Rescue crews located everyone but the two fourth-grade students.
Teams went out again Thursday morning and searched on horseback, on foot and by air in the area where the girls were last seen. A ground team found them about 9:45 a.m.
Mike Lloyd, district ranger for the Black Hills National Forest, said anyone entering back country in the Hills should be prepared for an emergency overnight stay.