A Tennessee couple who were reported missing while hiking near Chena Hot Springs were found safe Friday evening.
Jonas Bare, 50 and Cynthia Hovsepian, 37, had left their possessions in their lodging in Fairbanks but failed to check out on Aug. 12. They also failed to make their return flight from Alaska and had not contacted family members. A search was launched by Alaska State Troopers and other rescue organizations, including PAWS rescue dogs.
On Friday evening, two hikers encountered Jonas Bare on a trail approximately 200 yards from Chena Hot Springs Resort.
The hikers brought Bare to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers search and rescue command post within the resort.
Bare was uninjured and told Troopers that he had left Hovesepian to seek help. Bare guided Troopers and rescuers to the general area where Hovesepian was located, which was approximately three miles from the resort.
Hovesepian was located by the search team after calling out for her.
Bare, Hovesepian, and the rescue teams returned to Chena Hot Springs Resort at 8:40 pm, and they were evaluated by medics.