BAR HARBOR — Two Massachusetts hikers have died after apparently falling about 100 feet along ice-covered cliff bands on Dorr Mountain in Acadia National Park, officials said Saturday.

Rescue crews started to search for the 28-year-old man and 30-year-old woman from Rutland, Massachusetts, on Friday evening after family members reported them overdue, the National Park Service said. They had not been heard from since around noon Thursday and did not check out of their hotel as planned or return to their vehicle, officials said.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter with thermal imaging technology was used in the overnight search, the park service said. Park staff and volunteers did a ground search on Saturday and found the bodies late Saturday morning.

The hikers’ names were not released.

The search operation is the second at the park this month. On March 3, a 26-year-old hiker became stranded on an icy, near-vertical section of the Precipice Trail. The man spent four hours on the hillside, wedged against a tree, before a helicopter crew from the Maine Air National Guard rescued him.

Portland Press Herald Staff Writer Matt Byrne contributed to this report.

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