The Doolittle Fire Protection District is crediting a hunter for helping search crews find three children reported missing for several hours on Sunday afternoon in Phelps County.  The children went missing Sunday afternoon while hiking with their grandfather on the Kaintuck Trail near Rolla. All three were missing for more than three hours.

Several crews responded to the Natural Bridge area on the Kaintuck Trail, including the Doolittle Fire Protection District, Phelps County Sheriffs Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Phelps Health EMS. Crews also requested mutual aid from Rolla Rural Fire and requested a helicopter from the United States Forest Service.

As more agencies were requested, search crews were advised a hunter had found the children.

The Fire District reported that the children did not suffer any injuries.