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Logan Canyon rescue turns into drug investigation

Published June 4, 2014 10:32 am

Outdoors • Rescued women displayed erratic behavior, possible hallucinations
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A straight-forward Logan Canyon rescue has evolved into a more serious affair.

Wednesday morning, rescuers came to the aid of two stranded women, ages 19 and 46, who tried to hike out of the canyon after their vehicle got stuck, said Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Doyle Peck.

But after seeing some erratic behavior — including statements that one searcher opined were hallucinations — investigators began to suspect drugs were involved in the incident, Peck said.

The women's vehicle got stuck in the snow at least sometime overnight, according to a news release. By about 10 a.m. Wednesday, the 19-year-old had reached other hikers near Spring Hollow Campground, who called for help, the release adds.

While rescuers tried to rescue them, though, the Cache/Rich Drug Task Force became involved after the 19-year-old displayed "erratic behavior."

In addition, Cache County deputies recognized her from a previous drug-related incident, according to the release.

Both women suffered minor injuries due to exposure to the elements and were taken to Logan Regional Hospital for evaluation. Once they are released, investigators plan on arresting both of them on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, according to the release.

The 19-year-old will also be arrested on a warrant for a probation violation, Peck said.

The investigation is ongoing, and the two may face more drug-related charges, Peck said.

Investigators eventually found their vehicle stuck in an area called Mud Flats.

There is still a fair amount of snow in the mountains of the canyon, and drivers can get stuck if they are not paying attention, Peck said. The vehicle will be towed out.

"The Cache County Sheriff's Office would like to issue a warning to outdoor enthusiasts to remember that, although the temperatures have warmed considerably in the valley, the mountains are still adrift in snow," the release reads. "Please take the proper precautions when hiking and be prepared for snow and low temperatures."

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