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UPDATE: Missing hikers found safe in Soddy Daisy

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The formerly missing rock climbers load of their SUV to leave after searchers worked to locate them Monday morning. WRCBtv.com photo The formerly missing rock climbers load of their SUV to leave after searchers worked to locate them Monday morning. WRCBtv.com photo

UPDATE: Soddy Daisy officials have made contact with the three missing hikers and they're safe. 

The rock climbers got cell phone service and called and they were okay. The hikers are headed back to their cars. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Search and rescue teams are looking for three hikers that went missing Sunday night.

The three men went for a hike Sunday, and were reported missing when one of the hiker's wife noticed they hadn't returned home around midnight.

One of the hikers is reportedly a diabetic, and searchers are concerned about the medication, which is sensitive to temperature. They aren't confident that he has his medication with him.

The threesome are reportedly avid rock climbers, and are said to know the area well. Heavy rains Sunday night prevented an early search. Rescue crews also fear the group's cellphones are dead. 

Crews also don't know how much food the hikers may have with them. The hot summer temperatures mean that hydration could also be a factor.

Fourteen searchers are combing the area. The search is focused on the area near Back Valley Road in Soddy Daisy in an area called Big Soddy Creek Gulf.

Channel 3 has a crew at the scene and will update this developing story.

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