Hiker from Kentucky found dead in Wyoming backcountry

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BUFFALO, Wyo. (AP) -- A 62-year-old Kentucky woman who had been on a backcountry hiking trip has been found dead in the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says Carol Hunchette, of Louisville, died from hypothermia.

Authorities say she and a 67-year-old Richard Cornelius, of Billings, Montana, entered a wilderness area last Friday and made camp. While hiking Saturday, they separated when Cornelius decided to head back to camp on his own.

However, he became lost and never reached the camp. He eventually found his way out late Monday afternoon and met others who contacted authorities.

A search for Hunchette began Monday evening.

Her body was found late Tuesday morning. She had left the camp apparently to seek help and was hiking out with her gear in a snow storm.



 
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