A search for two missing and overdue hikers is underway. Caldwell Emergency Management is currently searching for a mother and her 8-year-old son in the Harper Creek Trail area of Collettsville & Mortimer.
April Tester and her son, Desmond, split from their family at the trailhead at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday and never met back with rest of the family. Mother and son are novice hikers and were not dressed for an overnight stay. The mother was wearing shorts, a pink tank top, and flip-flops. Her son was wearing black shorts, a T-shirt, and sneakers.
Agencies involved in the search include the Emergency Services Special Operations Team, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, a K-9 from the Department of Corrections, and the Collettsville, Gamewell, Patterson, Little River, and North Catawba fire departments.