NM police find missing Texas hikers

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By Associated Press

SILVER CITY (AP) — A father and son from El Paso, Texas, have been found alive in the Gila National Forest after being missing for several days in extremely cold temperatures.

State police search and rescue spokesman Peter Olson says 55-year-old Robert Fritz and his 15-year-old son, Austin, were found before noon Tuesday on the Little Creek Trail in southwestern New Mexico.

Olson says both are suffering from hypothermia, but are not believed to be in jeopardy.

He says they were spotted by a Border Patrol helicopter.

Olson says the helicopter landed and checked them out, then ferried the teenager to the trailhead incident base about nine miles away.

He says the helicopter was too small to take both of them at once, so it was returning for the father.