BON ECHO PARK, Ont. — Two teen sisters who were lost in the woods for a day and a half at Bon Echo Provincial Park in eastern Ontario were found safe and sound Friday night, police said.
Emma, 13, and Jenna Kip, 16, were found at about 6 p.m. after an extensive day-long search involving an Ontario Provincial Police helicopter and teams from the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, police said.
The girls, from New Hamburg, Ont., west of Kitchener, were found in good condition and flown by helicopter to be reunited with their parents and checked out further by paramedics, police said.
They had been missing since 10 a.m. Thursday when they had left their family’s campsite in the park’s Hardwood Hills campground to go for a walk but didn't return, investigators said.
How precisely, and where, they were found, wasn't immediately clear.
In the girls' hometown, the good news spread quickly.
"We're thrilled, we're overjoyed. We're just so relieved that they are found and safe and sound," said neighbour and friend Andrew Pinnell, whose family lives next door to the girls and their mother.
"We had tons of people praying for them on prayer chains, and everybody is just so relieved."
At the Waterlot Restaurant, where Jenna works, there were cheers and tears of joy, a server said.
"We were so relieved -- I can't even tell you," said Allie McGrogan, who shared the news with the worried staff.
"Everybody was so happy, we were all cheering and so relieved. It's a huge weight taken off our shoulders," she said.
-With files from Melanie Anderson, Brian Shypula and Jennifer O'Brien