Feb 20, 2013 12:12 PM by Faye DeHoff

Deputies still searching for Lost Dutchman's Goldmine hiker

PINAL COUNTY - The Pinal County Sheriff's Office has been very busy during the past 12 hours with several search and rescues.

Two of the calls for help related to missing hikers have been resolved with the hikers being located. Search and Rescue members are still looking for the last remaining hiker.

•At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night the Sheriff's Office received a call related to a missing hiker. 51-year-old Robin Byrd had gone hiking in the Superstition Mountains and was supposed to be picked up at the Peralta Trailhead at 6 p.m. She never showed up to meet her friends so they called for help. PCSO Search and Rescue was also called to search for Robin Byrd during December of 2012 in the Superstition Mountains after friends reported her missing. PCSO Air Unit located her and she was taken to safety on that incident. Robin told deputies she was searching for the "Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine" when she became lost on that occasion. PCSO Search and Rescue is still looking for her on this call with the assistance of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team.

• At 8:45 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call related to a missing ATV rider. A 39-year-old female had gotten into a verbal dispute after drinking alcohol with her husband. The female was upset and walked away following the argument. She was missing for 2 to 3 hours before the Sheriff's Office received the call. She was returned home safely.

• At 10:30 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received another call related to three male hikers who went for a day hike in the Superstition Mountains and were supposed to return by 4 p.m. This morning at 12:30 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Air Unit located a light source near a trail. Search and Rescue members were sent to investigate and located the three missing hikers. Those hikers said they had met with Robin Byrd around 4 p.m. several miles into the trail. Robin had given them wrong directions to get to the parking lot at the trailhead and they became lost.


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