Two hikers in North Carolina were found busking on a city street three days after a massive rescue failed to find them.
Tesla Rackley, 20 and Anthony Logan, 25 were found safe and sound in downtown Asheville, NC three days after a massive search and rescue mission was undertaken in the Pisgah National Forest.
The pair, whose disappearance sparked a huge search, “were found miles away obliviously busking on a city street three days later.” Rackley and her boyfriend were separated from her brother and one of his friends in the Pisgah National Forest in the western part of the state.
After losing track of Rackley’s brother, the duo apparently hitched a ride some 30 miles into Asheville where they were found day’s later playing guitar on a street corner. The pair were oblivious to the attempts to rescue them after Rackley’s family had alerted authorities to their disappearance.
Major Frank Stout of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said, “Throughout a three-day search at least 200 persons were participating between law enforcement, emergency services, rescue, and many, many volunteers”
Stout added the sentiments of many when he said “Fortunately they were found. Unfortunately it was a very expensive search and rescue that could have been avoided with simple communication.”
Truer words were never spoken by law enforcement and the citizen volunteers of the great state of North Carolina who gladly came out in force to help.