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Search on for hiker missing in Angeles National Forest

Posted: January 13, 2013 12:31 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2013 12:31 p.m.

A “full-on” search and rescue is underway today for a hiker missing in the Angeles National Forest since Saturday night, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a 27-year-old man hiking near the San Gabriel Reservoir and Highway 39 became separated from his fellow hikers, about 15 miles southeast of Acton, said Sgt. David Grall of the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station.

Frigid temperatures dipped to below freezing overnight in the mountains where the hiker went missing, he said.

“The weather is definitely a concern for us,” Grall told The Signal Sunday.

The hiker. who lives in the San Gabriel Valley, reportedly had no hat, no water and no backpack when he was reported missing, he said.

“This is a full-on event,” Grall said.

“We are actively searching since about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. We had night crews working and now we have day crews working with aerial search operations in effect,” Grall said.

Search and rescue crews paid particular attention to the area around north and west of the San Gabriel Reservoir, along the West Fork Road and near Bear Creek.

The search area is about 10 miles south of Littlerock and about 15 miles southeast of Acton.

On Sunday morning, the Los Angeles County Fire Department airlifted searchers into the area, said Supervisor Melanie Flores.

“We airlifted sheriff’s search and rescue personnel into the area,” she said.


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