Rescuers found a hiker safe and unharmed Tuesday after he went missing in the Angeles National Forest near Mt. Waterman 24 hours earlier, authorities said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department search and rescue teams launched a manhunt for the missing 45-year-old hiker about 6 p.m. Monday, according to Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“The caller stated his friend [sent a] text advising he was lost and his cell phone was dying,” she said in a written statement.
“His car was found near Buckhorn Campground/Trailhead. It is unknown which trail he took from there,” the deputy added.
The man had sent another message earlier during the hike which included a photograph.
Rescuers asked members of the public, especially those familiar with the area, to review the photo and notify officials if they recognized the location where it was taken.
VIDEO: Hoist Rescue, #LASD Air Rescue 5 deploys LASD SEB Tactical Medics to rescue hiker missing since yesterday in the Mt Waterman area. LASD SAR Teams searched for him throughout the night and all today. Cold, hungry and tired, but uninjured. Saving lives priority 1. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/zNGgIvwxJI
— SEB (@SEBLASD) April 14, 2021
The search came to a conclusion around 5 p.m. Tuesday, when rescuers found the man, Deputy Eva Jimenez said. He did not appear to require transportation to a hospital, she said.
Further details were not available late Tuesday.