CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three people reported missing after they went fishing over the weekend were found in a wooded area of Randolph County Monday evening, said Lt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman.
About 9 a.m. Monday, troopers assigned to the Elkins detachment were notified that three individuals from Marion County had traveled to Randolph County the previous day to go fishing in the Shaver's Fork River and had not returned home.
They were Billy W. Wilkerson, 41, of Fairmont; Ricky L. Rohrbaugh, 42, of Fairmont; and Wilkerson's 12-year-old son.
The area was searched by land and air by Troop 3 Search & Rescue Team, State Police Aviation and volunteers.
The search was hampered by windy conditions, deep snow and rugged terrain, Baylous said.
The three were found about 5:30 p.m. Monday about one mile from their vehicle.
"A Snow Cat-type vehicle was utilized to transport them to an ambulance," Baylous said. "Two of the individuals were suffering from hypothermia and were flown by life flight to Ruby Memorial Hospital. One individual refused medical treatment."
Wilkerson and his 12-year-old son were transported to the hospital, where they were in good condition Sunday night, said Captain D.P. Reider of the Elkins detachment of the State Police. Their injuries were not believed to be life threatening, he said.
He talked to Rohrbaugh, who said when they planned to go fishing in that area, they stopped at the top of a mountain, looked down upon the water and decided to walk.