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Rescuers Search for Hikers

OREGON - Searchers continued to look for three missing hikers on Mount Hood in Oregon that have not been seen since Sunday. 

One of the missing climbers might be turning his cell phone on and off.  T-mobile has been sending signals to Kelly James' phone.

On Tuesday, it was apparently turned off, until late at night, when the signal indicated it was back on.

On Monday, there was an attempt to make a call from the phone, but it did not go through.

Family members are hoping James and the other two men are alive and turning the phone on and off to save battery power.

Hood River Deputy Sheriff Chris Guertin said, "Because of the weather we are doing a lot of low elevation searches like checking the tree lines.  The rescuers are making the decision where they can and can't go safely.  Safety is the biggest factor to them."

Frank James is the brother of one of the missing hikers.  He was overwhelmed with joy when he realized there was signals coming in from his brothers cell phone.  He said, "My heart was in my throat when I heard that because if its true it means Kelly is alive and that he has his wits about him."

Rescuers are finding stormy weather on Mount Hood that is restricting their search to lower parts of the 11,000-foot mountain.