LOGAN — A search and rescue operation in Logan Canyon evolved into a criminal investigation Wednesday as two women stranded in the mountains were found to be under the influence of drugs.
Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Doyle Peck said officials were contacted about 10 a.m. by hikers who reported finding two women stranded at a steep area in the mountains above the Spring Hollow campground.
Amy Cheney, 19, of Lewiston, and Andrea Price, 46, had driven a truck through a trail network and attempted to hike out of the area after their vehicle became stuck in snow, Peck said.
"The two females reported that they had been stranded up there for some time," he said.
Medical and rescue personnel initially made contact with Cheney, who had separated from Price and hiked down the trail.
"As they were talking with her, one of the deputies recognized her from a prior encounter, and her actions were very erratic, which led us to believe there were some drugs involved," Peck said.
Cheney was not carrying drugs when she was located, Peck said, but she was believed to be under the influence and arrested under suspicion of absconding from probation and parole out of Brigham City.
Deputies also made contact with Price, who was treated for dehydration on the scene and carried down the mountain. Both women were transported to Logan Regional Hospital for evaluation.
"I was told that there were no obvious injuries beyond that, so we feel she’s in a good condition right now," Peck said.
The investigation is ongoing, Peck said, and both women will be booked into the Cache County Jail after they have been cleared by medical personnel. Peck said it is possible the investigation will lead to additional charges.
The Spring Hollow area is popular for recreational hikers, but there are added dangers when a person is under the influence of drugs, Peck said.
"A person who is not under the influence usually can make rational decisions," he said. "If you’re under the influence of drugs, anything can happen — falls, accidents, they’re unsteady on their feet, they could fall down trails. Really these two are lucky that nothing really bad happened to them and we were able to find them and get them out."
Contributing: Marc Giauque, Peter Samore
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