Mother, 8-year-old son go missing during hike in Caldwell County

25 April 2022

— Search teams are looking for a parent and child in western North Carolina on Monday.

A woman and son got lost hiking in Caldwell County on Sunday afternoon after exploring with their family.

In a Facebook post, Caldwell County Emergency Management reported April Tester and her son, Desmond, got separated from their family around 5 p.m. and never reunited with them.

The two were last seen in the Harper Creek Trail area near Collettsville. The mother and son were inexperienced hikers and not prepared for an overnight stay. The trail is a popular area for hiking and camping.

April was last seen to be wearing shorts, a pink tank top and flip flops. Desmond was last known to be wearing black shorts, t-shirt and sneakers.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and a department of corrections K-9 team are leading the search along with the Collettsville, Gamewell, Patterson, Little River and North Catawba Fire Departments.

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