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Family: Grandmother, teen missing after hiking trip found safe

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Chris Plonski (left) and grandaughter, Maddie (right) (Source: Family) Chris Plonski (left) and grandaughter, Maddie (right) (Source: Family)
ROBBINSVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Family says a grandmother and teen girl are home safe after they went missing this week.

Danny Millsapa with the Graham County Sheriff's Office said the 13-year-old girl and 60-year-old woman never returned after going on a hiking trip near Robbinsville, N.C. on Wednesday morning. 

Search efforts began Wednesday and lasted until 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

Rescue efforts have concluded for the evening and started back up around 7 a.m. Friday. Crews were expected to spend about 12-14 hours searching the area of Snowbird Road.

Terra Anderson said her daughter Maddie and Maddie's grandmother, Chris Plonski, set out for a hike into the forest Wednesday morning. Their car was still at the Snowbird Creek Trailhead as of Thursday night, with no sign of the pair.

Anderson said Maddie and Chris had made a call to family from the summit of Mouse Knob - it was expected that they were somewhere between there and Snowbird Creek Trailhead.

After search efforts by the Graham County Sheriff's Office, Anderson told FOX just before 10 a.m. that Maddie and Chris had been found. Anderson said her daughter Maddie and Chris are doing great, despite some scrapes and bruises.

"Overall, we couldn't be more blessed," said Anderson.

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