Hiker found safe after five-hour search in Barron Co.

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BARRON, Wis. (BARRON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- On August 24, 2014, at 7:16 a.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call from Kathy Finch, 61 from New Hampshire, stating she has been walking on the Ice Trail and was lost but knew she was near Haugen. Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the WI DNR, Bear Lake Haugen Fire Department, Washburn County K-9, a plane from the Cumberland Air Show flown by Sandi Randall along with a member of the Cumberland Fire Department and the Blue Hills Mounted Search and Rescue team searched for the female.

After a five hour search she was located well off the trail and rescued with the help of all of these agencies. She was uninjured and just got off the trail and could not find her way back.

She was transported to Birchwood where she spent the night deciding if she will continue her trip to walk the Ice Age Trail across Wisconsin.

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