Update: The family has been found!
@eNewsAZ Missing family has been located and all 4 family members are OK. Thank you for helping get the word out.— Pima County Sheriff (@PimaSheriff) June 27, 2016
From the Pima County Sheriff's Facebook page:
***UPDATE: All four family members have been located and appear to be okay. Thank you to everyone for helping get the word out. We received a lot of good tips after the initial media release. Ultimately, we were finally able to make telephone contact with one of the missing hikers. ***
Initial report: The Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a family that has gone missing after hiking on Mount Lemmon. We received information about the missing family at approximately 8:55 a.m. today. The information received was that a woman contacted the US Forest Service saying her father and brother took her two young daughters for a hike along the Butterfly Trail yesterday, June 26, 2016. They were last seen around 10:00 a.m. and have not been seen or heard from since. All four family members were supposed to return last night. Their vehicle is still up on Mount Lemmon, near the trailhead.
The following family members are missing right now:
- 57-year-old William Swango (Caucasian, brown hair, blue eyes, 5’9” tall)
- 27-year-old Ronald Swango (Caucasian, black hair, brown eyes, 5’7” tall)
- 6-year-old Riley Nash (Caucasian, brown hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a flowered dress)
- 4-year-old Layla Nash (Caucasian, brown hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing pink striped pants and a purple polka dot shirt)
Our Search and Rescue Unit has taken over the search and several volunteers with the Southern Arizona Rescue Association are assisting. Anyone with information on the location of this family is urged to call 9-1-1.