Sent on 7/26/2013 8:57:10 PM
On July 25, 2013, at approximately 8:20 p.m., Rincon District deputies received information of an overdue party. The initial information provided was that of a 54-year-old male who had gone out hiking earlier that morning and his wife had contact with him around 11:00 a.m., and had not heard from him since. The wife was unable to provide a specific location as to where her husband was hiking, but explained that he was prepared for the hike. She went on to say that they were visiting from out of town and unfamiliar with the area. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue shorts, and carrying a yellow back pack. Given that the information was very vague and no particular area was described for the deputies to search, an attempt to locate bulletin was aired. This information was also provided to all local area law enforcement agencies for their dissemination. Deputies then searched some of the more popular tourist hiking locations, but the man and his vehicle were not located at that time. Early morning on July 26th, the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit was activated and began their search for the lost hiker. They received information from the man’s cellphone provider as to his possible location and had several Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates to work with. The man’s vehicle was located a few hours later and the search has been underway all day. The Sothern Arizona Rescue Association has been assisting the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue deputies and the Sheriff’s Department air unit has been used as well. Every effort is being made and all resources are being used in order to help locate the missing hiker. Search and Rescue personnel are gearing up to work into the night and through tomorrow morning. Updates will be made available as they come in.