BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office reports a mom and her 8-month-old child are now safe after they went missing on the Roaring Run Furnace Trail on Saturday evening.
Deputies said the Botetourt County Emergency Communications received a call shortly before 6 p.m. on Nov. 18 from family members reporting a 25-year-old woman and her daughter lost in the Jefferson National Forest.
Several first responders jumped into action and quickly deployed resources. Crews also formed search teams to begin search and recovery efforts.
After searching the woods for several hours, first responders successfully located the mom and her daughter around 9 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office says the pair was found on the Hoop Hole Trail in good health.
About two hours later, the mom and her daughter were safely rescued from the trail.
Deputies said the Hoop Hole Loop Trials is about 8.4 miles long, and is adjacent to the Roaring Run Furnace Trail, in the Jefferson National Forest. The trail is considered to be moderately hard to navigate and has elevated terrain.
But, with the help of a Drone Team and several first responders, the mom and her baby were reunited with their family.
“We are extremely grateful for the combined efforts of our Drone Team and emergency services personnel. Their collaborative approach ensured a successful rescue operation”, said Sheriff Matt Ward.