Search And Rescue Team Find Disoriented Pine Hiker

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A Pine woman was rescued Friday night after being disoriented and lost on a trail a mile south of Pine.

Kari Boys was hiking alone Friday afternoon on the Donahue Trail, which leads to Milk Ranch Point. The trail starts at the Pine Trailhead, which is just a few miles south of town.

Around 7 p.m., authorities received a call that Boys had not returned home from the hike after several hours, said Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Commander Bill Pitterle.

“I am not sure what her plan was, but she might have gotten turned around at some point,” he said.

When authorities arrived at the trailhead, Boys’ car was in the parking lot and they found her tracks on the trail. A deputy from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office and an officer from the Tonto National Forest law enforcement division started hiking up the trail shouting Boys’ name.

After hiking several miles up the trail, the officers located Boys cold and exhausted, but uninjured.

Volunteers from Tonto Rim Search and Rescue (TRSAR) hiked up the trail and helped assist Boys down.

“At some point she reported she was missing her car keys and cell phone,” Pitterle said.

By 10 p.m., authorities had navigated Boys down the trail to the trailhead, where her parents picked her up.

Boys’ father, Mark, division chief of the Maricopa Fire Department, said he is deeply grateful to the officers, deputies and volunteers who located his daughter.

“As a result of the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue and the Gila County Sheriff’s Office’s aggressive action, my daughter was found shortly after beginning a search and safely returned to her family, avoiding a very unpleasant stay in the forest overnight without food or shelter,” Mark Boys said.

“Presently working in the fire service, I am acutely aware that organizations such as the TRSAR and its members largely go unrecognized for their personal sacrifices, training and dedication of which each member is committed.

“Too many searches, rescues and activations by the TRSAR have gone unrecognized. Realizing the only pay you receive is self-satisfaction of just being involved and able to help. That’s what volunteerism is all about,” he said.

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