SPOTTED BEAR, Mont. -

Search crews made their way through the Flathead National Forest in search of two overdue horseback riders on Sunday. The 53-year old and 17-year old men spent the night in the Spotted Bear area. Forest Service workers said the planning stage of the search efforts began on Saturday night, with ground searchers heading out the next morning.


One family member tells NBC Montana the Forest Service gave the riders erroneous information about a trail’s quality, and that a trail wasn’t cleared. Reps at the Forest Service said the best trail information available is given, and people should stay aware of the possibility of changing conditions.


Flathead Search and Rescue sent an airplane to search for the two, and according to the Forest Service, both riders came out to the trail head on their own, where they were met by a member of the search team.


According to Flathead Sheriff Chuck Curry, the 17-year old was airlifted to KRMC for pre-existing medical conditions.