Searchers from Carbon and Emery counties spent the hours before Christmas Eve looking for two hunters from Orem who were reported missing.

The two, Rick Roland, 32, and Duane Johnston, age not available, reportedly planned to drive along the Skyline Drive near the border of Emery and Sanpete County, then stop at one of several areas open to a special deer hunt. They left their homes at 5:30 a.m. Sunday and were expected back that evening.Tire tracks that could have been left by the pickup truck driven by the pair were spotted early money near the top of Cottonwood Canyon. A private airplane based at the Huntington Airport was sent up to scour the area before an off-road vehicle was dispatched to the rugged area.

The search involves about 20 men.