3 missing hikers located in Superstition Mountains

APACHE JUNCTION, AZ - Three hikers missing overnight in the Superstition Mountains east of the Valley have been located.

Officials with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office say the three people in their 50s left from the First Water trailhead around 10 a.m. Sunday. They were due back by 5 p.m. and relatives called 911 around 10 p.m. when the search was launched.

Officials say two of the hikers are a husband and wife, the third person a relative from Michigan.

A helicopter was used overnight to look for the hikers. It was cold and rescuers were concerned the missing hikers could suffer from hypothermia.

They said they had a map but took a wrong turn. They spent the night hunkered down, trying to stay warm. One said he was shivering too hard to sleep.

Officials say the hikers had cell phones but that service is spotty in the area. Even rescuers were having a hard time getting in contact with each other as they searched on foot and by vehicle.

The hikers refused help and walked out on their own, according to MCSO.

One of the hikers told ABC15 they were chalking up the experience to an 'adventure,' something they'll laughing about in about 10 years.

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