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UPDATED: Missing hiker found

Posted: June 25, 2009 11:59 a.m.
Updated: June 26, 2009 11:15 a.m.
 
UPDATE: Thursday, June 25, 4:30 p.m.:
The overdue hiker was found by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Team at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a news alert from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

He was in the area of the Cienega Campground, at the end of Templin Highway, east of Interstate 5.

He was slightly dehydrated, but is doing well.

Thursday, June 25, noon:
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Search and Rescue Team was activated late Wednesday night after a woman reported to that her boyfriend was more than three days overdue in returning from a planned hiking trip in the Warm Springs Mountain area of the Angeles National Forest.

The hiker, Donald Lee, age 60, of Lake Hughes, had set out alone on a planned three-day hike on Friday, June 19, and was scheduled to return Sunday. He had a cell phone conversation with his girlfriend on Sunday indicating that he had injured his knee, but was able to lighten his pack and continue hiking.

That was the last contact with him. His girlfriend became concerned when he did not return and she has not been able to contact him.

After receiving the call, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team, comprised of an elite group of volunteers formed and trained to assist the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in search and rescue operations, converged on the area after 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The operation continued throughout the night and at first light Thursday morning a helicopter from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Aero Bureau was brought into the area to assist in the search.

Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Off-Road Motorcycle Team also geared up Thursday morning and headed to the area to assist in the search.

After a countywide search and rescue notification was issued, additional resources from throughout Los Angeles County are being brought into the area to assist in the search, including deputies on all terrain vehicles from the Palmdale Sheriff's Station, and volunteer search and rescue members from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station - Montrose Search and Rescue Team. The Sheriff Department's Emergency Services Detail has also been notified.

Searchers are focusing their efforts within a 30-mile radius of Warm Springs Mountain.

Check back here for updates.

 

 

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