Search for missing hikers in High Peaks

Blake Alois, left, and Maddie Popolizio, both of Niskayuna, sent this picture to family members from their hike on Algonquin Peak around noon Sunday. They were missing for nearly two days until rangers located them late Tuesday morning. (Photo provided)

LAKE PLACID – State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers are conducting a search for two hikers who failed to return from a hiking trip up Algonquin Mountain in the High Peaks.

Maddie Popolizio and Blake Alois are from the Capital Region, according to their Facebook pages.

A family member created a social media post asking for volunteers Monday night that quickly went viral, being shared almost 3,000 times. The post says the pair was last heard from around noon on Sunday.

DEC spokesman David Winchell told the Enterprise this morning that the DEC was not requesting volunteer resources.