West Virginia State Police have confirmed that three people from Marion County who had previously been reported missing, have been located, and they are alive.
State police said Billy Wilkerson, Garrett Wilkerson, and Rick Rohrbough were found over an embankment that was three miles deep on Cheat Mountain.
Search and rescue crews, along with fire personnel and several volunteers, conducted a ground search while WVSP Aviation conducted an aerial search, according to state police. Rescue crews located them around 5:30 p.m. Monday approximately one mile from the vehicle but weren't able to actually get to the victims for a few hours.
Initially, a rescue helicopter from the Maryland State Police was to assist in the rescue but couldn't fly due to weather.
Authorities used snow mobiles and a Snow Cat vehicle to safely rescue all three, according to state police.
Two of the three people suffered from hypothermia and were flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital from a landing zone in Beverly, according to state police. Another person refused treatment. Bill is listed in fair condition and Garrett is listed in good condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
The Marion County Sheriff's Department is looking for three people who didn't return home after a planned fishing trip Sunday.
The sheriff's department said Bill Wilkerson II, 41, Garrett Wilkerson, 12, and Rick Rohrbough, 42, all of Marion County, left the area Sunday at 6 a.m. to go to Elkins on a fishing trip. After they didn't return home Sunday, family members reported them missing at 12:30 a.m. Monday.
Deputies spoke to family members and are working with the West Virginia State Police, the United States Marshals Service, and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to locate the group. An active search is underway in Randolph County.
The group was driving a white GMC truck, which has been located in Randolph County, said the sheriff's department.
Anyone with information can call the Marion County Sheriff's Department at 304-367-5300.