Missing Duo Located Safely

The search for a missing mother and daughter who had last been seen in Monterey on July 9th came to a happy ending Thursday afternoon.

Highland County Sheriff Ronald Wimer announced that Martha and Mary Bates had been found safe on National Forest land in Highland County. The duo had been travelling to Camp Carlo in West Virginia, and according to details Sheriff Wimer provided later in the evening, had apparently taken a wrong turn in their journey. Their vehicle had become stuck, and they had remained with it until 11:00 am Thursday morning, when they began walking on foot, and were found by members of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management who were involved with the search.

They were located on Middle Mountain Trail, near Knotmaul Run and Christian Run. Both were in good physical condition, and did not require medical attention.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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