MT. Baldy, Calif. (VVNG.com) Authorities are continuing an extensive search for a missing 78-year-old hiker last seen Friday.
Deputies from the Fontana Sherrif’s station received a report of an overdue hiker in the area of Mt. Baldy on Sunday, April 9th at approximately 8:00 a.m.
Deputies were advised by family members that the adult male had gone hiking on Friday and had not returned home.
Family stated that he is a very experienced hiker and has hiked to the Summit numerous times. His car was located at Manker Flats on Sunday. Deputies were also advised that he had taken food, water, and was dressed appropriately.
Sheriff’s Aviation 40K5 assisted throughout the day conducting an aerial search. Eighteen search and rescue volunteers began searching the area. 40K5 inserted three teams at the top of the Summit to hike down; remaining teams hiked trails headed up to Summit. At approximately 7:00 pm there were 25 ground searchers as well as 2 K9 tracking dogs that had been utilized throughout the day. The search continued throughout the night.
On Monday, April 10th, Search and Rescue members from San Diego, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties responded to Mt. Baldy Fire Station to assist in the continuing search of the missing hiker.
Approximately 40 search members are involved in the search today.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Division responded to assist. Eleven search and rescue members were flown to the top of the Summit and inserted. Remaining search members are hiking the trails leading up to the Summit.
The search will continue throughout the week with additional search and rescue members being requested from throughout the State.
Updates will be provided as they become available.