Missing Meridian family found; rescue operation to resume Tuesday morning
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A Meridian family missing since yesterday has been found in Elmore County.
On Monday the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office received a report of over-due hunters in the area north of Mountain Home. A family of four, Steven Rice, age 34, Heather Rice, age 33, and their two children, ages 13 and 15, had left Meridian on Sunday morning for a day trip in the area of the Boise River’s Middle Fork. They were expected to return on Sunday at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Sheriff's Office requested assistance from the Idaho Army National Guard on Monday afternoon and by early evening an Apache Helicopter was launched from Gowen Field.
The Apache crew soon found the Rice family at the Graham Bridge Campground on Forest Service Road 312. Citizen Soldiers were able to land and speak with the Rice family, who were all doing well. The family was stuck as a result of a mudslide over a road.
The Apache helicopter is a 2-seat aircraft; it could not airlift the family out on Monday night. However, the soldiers were able to leave the family with a survival kit including food, water, cold weather gear and a shelter. The rescue operation will continue Tuesday morning.