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East Coast hikers missing in Glacier National Park

   KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- Rescue teams at Glacier National Park in
northwestern Montana are searching in wintery conditions for two East
Coast hikers reported missing by family members.    Park officials on
Sunday said 50 searchers are looking for 32-year-old Neal Peckens of
Virginia and 32-year-old Jason Hiser of Maryland. Hometowns weren't
available.   The two were reported missing Friday after failing to catch
a flight home from Montana.
   Officials believe the two started hiking from the North Shore Trailhead
at Two Medicine on Tuesday and planned to return to Two Medicine on
Wednesday, and then do some day hikes. Their vehicle was found late
Friday, and the search started Saturday.
   Park spokeswoman Denise Germann says searchers are encountering
18 inches of snow on the trail, and clouds are preventing aerial searches
of the rugged area.
   AP-WF-10-14-12 1831GMT

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