UPDATED: Franklin County authorities said Michael Hill, 36, and his son, David Hill, 16, were located about 6:30 p.m. Thursday where they had been camping in the Moselle area, east of St. Clair.
The two appeared to be unharmed, Sheriff Gary Toelke said.
According to the sheriff, the son went to a home in the area about 5 p.m. to ask for water and the resident later called the sheriff's office and said the teen was last seen walking west along the railroad tracks.
Deputies responded to the area and began walking the tracks. At a point near Mill Spring Road, they noticed footprints in the mud leading away from the tracks. They followed them and heard people talking in the woods.
There were few other details available as of this post but the father told deputies they were heading for Branson, Mo., the sheriff said.
The sheriff said the two, from Illinois, had been staying in a tent in the area.
Authorities have been searching for the two since they were last seen July 2 in the Pacific Palisades area in western St. Louis County.
The St. Louis County Police Department has issued an endangered persons advisory for an Illinois man and his son who were reported missing at the Meramec River access at Pacific Palisades.
Michael Hill, 36, and his son David Hill, 16, were last seen around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 2.
Police said Hill’s wife reported them missing after Hill and his son told family members they were going fishing and did not return.
The men were last seen on foot in the area of the Meramec River access carrying bags that possibly contained fishing equipment, police said.
Officers searched the river extensively, but found no evidence that the Hills had drowned.
Michael Hill is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, with brown hair, hazel eyes and a long beard. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt under a flannel button-up shirt and blue jeans.
David Hill is a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He also was wearing a white T-shirt under a flannel button-up shirt, blue jeans and Converse shoes.
Anyone with any information related to the endangered missing persons should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the St. Louis County Police at 314-615-5360.