Jul 27, 2013 12:19 AM by Robby Messer
MT. LEMMON - The search is on Friday night for a hiker who has been missing for more than a day.
Rincon District deputies received information of an overdue 54-year-old hiker. His wife had contact with him around 11:00 a.m. Thursday but had not heard from him since. The wife could not provide a specific location as to where her husband was hiking, but said he was prepared for the hike.
She said 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.
Deputies then searched some of the more popular tourist hiking locations, but the man and his vehicle were not located at that time.
Early Friday morning, the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Unit was activated and started their search for the lost hiker. They received information from the man's cell phone provider as to his possible location and had several 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.
Search and Rescue personnel are gearing up to work into the night and through tomorrow morning.