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Missing couple found safe in Bell Smith Springs

GOLCONDA, IL (KFVS) - A Sparta, Illinois couple has been found after their hike in Bell Smith Springs took a turn for the worst.

A call came in to the Pope County Sheriff's office at 5:33 p.m. on Tuesday with reports of people yelling for help near Bell Smith Springs, according to Pope County Sheriff Jerry Suits.

A search party was dispatched immediately following the call, Suits said. Both the Pope County and New Burnside Fire Departments aided in the search.

After a nearly two hour search, the couple was found safe at 7:23 p.m. walking along a gravel road, Suits said.

Suits explained that it gets dark early, in the Shawnee National Forrest area,  and if you're not familiar with the area, Suits said, "it's easy to get lost."

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