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Lee County officials say injured ATV riders distress call may be hoax

Timesnews.net staff report • Dec 3, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Lee County authorities say a distress call by three lost and injured ATV riders in the St. Charles area heard by a mine security guard over his CB radio may have been a hoax.

Authorities spent most of the weekend searching for three missing ATV riders after a local mine security guard called 911 about a distress call he heard over his CB radio. He told dispatch he heard a man saying he was one of three lost and injured ATV riders.

Deputies, fire and emergency crews, and volunteers from a local ATV club launched an extensive search of the area and checked along access roads to ATV trails in Lee County. No evidence was found that supported what the guard heard.

There have been no further CB communications, and authorities said Monday there's no evidence that any ATVs were off-loaded along any of the access roads they searched. Authorities extended the search to access roads in Kentucky and Wise County and still found no evidence to support the information provided in the distress call.

The speaker said the trio were from North Carolina, but authorities say they've received no word of three individuals going missing in North Carolina. There's also been no sign of a vehicle bearing North Carolina tags that would have been used to transport and off-load the ATVs somewhere along an access road.

Although what the mine security guard heard is believed to be a hoax at this point, Lee County authorities said they intended to keep an eye out for any new missing persons reports.

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