Caldwell County officials locate missing hiker and her 8-year-old son

Caldwell County said Monday afternoon they located a hiker and her 8-year-old son who were last seen in the Harper Creek Trail area of Wilson Creek.

“There are many areas where the terrain gets extremely traitorous,” Chief of Department Emergency Services Director for Caldwell County Dino DiBernardi said.  

According to officials, the mother and son split from their family at the trailhead around 5 p.m. on Sunday and never met back up with them. They were found uninjured around 11 a.m. Monday when a person on the search spotted them coming out of the woods.

Officials said the two were novice hikers and were not dressed for an overnight stay. The mother, later identified as April Tester, was wearing shorts, a pink tank top and flip-flops. Her son Desmond was wearing black shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers.


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