The search is over and two 16-year-old Kitchener girls are safe after going missing in Algonquin Park for three days.
“I’m feeling good, never been better,” said Marta Malek, as she left the OPP Command Centre set up in Hanger Bay, Algonquin Park with her family on Monday, July 15.
The two girls, Malek and Maya Mirota, had separated from their group at the Western Uplands Trail near Rainbow Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park on July 11 at 11 a.m. for a night of camping, equipped with a tent, other camping equipment and limited supplies. When they failed to arrive back at the arranged meeting point the next day (Friday, July 12), the OPP was contacted.
A member of a search and rescue team, who had been on scene since 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, staying overnight in the woods with the team during the search, said it was a local OPP canine unit that found the girls at approximately noon on Monday, July 15. The girls were transported by float plane to the OPP Command Centre, where they were reunited with their parents.
Both girls have now left the Command Centre with their families. The OPP are wrapping up the scene but have not yet released a statement about the rescue. More information as it becomes available.
by Kim Good