Pa. family safe after getting lost in woods

August 2, 2008 3:05:57 PM PDT
A Westmoreland County family is safe after getting lost in the woods during a severe thunderstorm. Derry Borough police say Tom and Kathy Perry and their 5-year-old twin daughters went into the woods Thursday evening. Kathy Perry called police on her cell phone after getting lost. An officer drove to where they'd parked their car and turned on his siren, hoping the Perrys could follow the sound to find their way to safety.

When that didn't work, a search party looked for the family, but suspended the search due to darkness. It was to resume at 8 a.m. Friday with helicopters and all-terrain vehicles, but the Perrys emerged from the woods before the searchers regrouped. Police say they'd huddled together overnight for warmth. No injuries were reported.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

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