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Reporter remains hospitalized after getting lost on hike

by The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 7, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.

Reporter Cathy Frye remains in hospitalized Monday in El Paso, Texas, after becoming lost while hiking last week at Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas.

Her condition is improving, but it remains unclear when she'll be able to leave the hospital.

Frye, 43, and her husband, Democrat-Gazette photographer Rick McFarland, 58, had been on vacation camping in Big Bend National Park before being forced to evacuate Tuesday when the park closed because of the federal government shutdown. The couple decided to hike a trail at the nearby state park, on the border of Texas and Mexico, but lost their way a few hours into the hike, McFarland said Sunday.

Frye was found dehydrated but alive just before noon Sunday.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Photo by rick mcfarland
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RICK MCFARLAND--02/03/10-- Cathy Frye, staff reporter.

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