Four girls who took a “wrong turn” at Lake Sherwood in Greenbrier County late Monday night were found by a park ranger hours later, Greenbrier officials reported Tuesday.
According to Greenbrier Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Bruce Sloan, the girls, ages 12 to 17, were camping with family members at the lake, located in Monongahela National Forest near Pocahontas and Allegheny, Va., counties.
The parents of at least one of the girls were on the trip, said Sloan.
Around 7:30 p.m., the girls took a bicycle ride.
“They got disoriented along the trail and lost their way,” said Sloan. “It starts getting dark, they don’t have flashlights or anything to illuminate their path, so they’re kind of stranded.”
The adults in the group notified campground authorities when the girls had not returned to camp at nightfall, and a camp host contacted Greenbrier 911 at around 10:30 p.m., Greenbrier Emergency dispatchers reported.
Greenbrier Sheriff’s deputies, West Virginia State Police troopers and Division of Natural Resources park rangers began a search, along with Anthony, Craig, Frankfurt, White Sulphur and Rutgers Gap fire departments and White Sulphur Springs Ambulance Service crews.
Allegheny County crews were also notified, said Sloan.
A park ranger located the girls not far from camp around 1:15 a.m., said Sloan.
They were “scared” but uninjured, he reported.