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Story by Sandy Kromeir - The Oregon Herald
Published on Wednesday February 2, 2011 - 6:08 PM
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Search teams have found the two lost sisters hiking in the Columbia Gorge.

Leslie and Leesa Azar were found this afternoon in good condition. It is not yet known why the two women did not return to their vehicle as had been planned yesterday.

Family members said the woman had called them by cell phone around 6 p.m. and said they were fine were heading back down the trail to their vehicle but had to use headlamps to see in the dark.

Dr. Leesa Azar practices internal medicine in Lake Oswego and Oregon. Dr. Azar graduated with an MD 18 years ago.

See photo of Leesa Azar being rescued and more on the story from The Oregonian.

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TROUTDALE -- About 50 searchers are desperately attempting to locate two sisters lost in the winter wilderness in the Columbia Gorge. Leesa Azar, 53, and Leslie Azar, 50, a medical doctor, and both from Portland area, were reported missing last night after deciding to hike into the Horsetail Falls area.

The sisters are experienced hikers but took a family dog. Their car was parked at the end of the trail. Both women are in their 50s and began their hike early yesterday afternoon.