Search Intensifies For Teens Missing in Trabuco Canyon — Stefan Chase Reports
Hundreds of friends and family of missing teen hikers Nicholas Cendoya and Kyndall Jack spent the entire day today hoping to find the pair.
An effort formed on Facebook – the Costa Mesa search party – more than 300 friends saying they’ll come here to Trabuco Canyon to help.
Earlier today, more than 50 search and rescue crews with Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Orange County Fire Authority searching on foot and in the air – looking for Nicholas and Kyndall.
Even strangers pitching in to help..hiking though the steep terrain – crowded with thick brush and trees.
Earlier today – crews found clothing items on the trail, a bandana and a pair of jeans – but it was determined they don’t belong to the hikers.
A clue more promising – investigators say a canine unit picked up a scent near Holy Jim Canyon – search crews have since concentrated their efforts in that area.
“I believe they’re still alive,” said Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Erin Guidice.
Even with that reassurance – patience is wearing thin for families and friends of the missing – now that they’ve been missing more than 48 hours.
“I feel like after all the searching they would have been found,” says friend Sarah.
Tonight – plenty of concern for the hikers and what may have happened to them here in Trabuco Canyon.
Sarah Suza says she’s fighting to stay positive during this long search – she’s hoping her friends are found before another night passes.
“I know nick he’s strong he’s gonna make it through this!”
— Stefan Chase, KTLA News