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6 Scouts missing after camping trip to Ark. forest

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Posted: May 2, 2011 3:53 PM
Source: Associated Press

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LODI, Ark. - Boy Scouts officials in Louisiana say search teams have not been in contact with six boys and two adults believed to be stranded by high water in an Arkansas forest.

Art Hawkins of the Evangeline Area Council in Lafayette, La., says the eight have not been in contact with anyone since Friday night. The group was camping near the site where 20 people died in flash floods last summer.

Heavy rains have fallen in the area, which has bad cell phone coverage.

Fuzz Robins of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office told The Associated Press earlier Monday the boys were safe, but now says no one has heard from the group.

Hawkins described the boys as experienced, older Scouts and they would be well-equipped and know how to use survival skills.

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