BOISE -- The Elmore County Sheriff's Office says a family from Meridian, who had been missing since Sunday, has been found safe.

Colonel Tim Marsano with the Idaho National Guard says an Apache helicopter crew spotted 34-year-old Steven Rice, his wife, 33-year-old Heather Rice and their two teenage children at the Graham Bridge Campground on Forest Service Road 312 Monday evening.

The family told the helicopter crew that they were doing well and that they were stuck because of a mudslide that was covering the road.

However, officials say since the Apache helicopter is a 2-seat aircraft, they weren't able get the family out at the time, but the soldiers were able to leave the family a survival kit which included food, water, cold weather gear, and a shelter.

Officials say that the family should be fine until Tuesday morning when the rescue operation will continue.

The family had gone hunting for the day on Sunday and were expected to be back by 4 p.m. Sunday but never returned home.

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