Search Intensifies for Woman Missing in Big Bear — Steve Kuzj Reports

After a second day of failed searches for a missing hiker in Big Bear, officers say they will double their manpower.

Karen Dalman disappeared after going on a hike in the area with a friend Tuesday morning.

“I hope they find her,” family friend Adam Evans said.

Officers say Dalman was hunting for rare stones and rocks when she got split up from her friend Bruce Jackson and his dog.

Jackson told police they all got separated when his dog took running and he went to find it.

Evans knows where the rock quarry area where Dalman disappeared.

“It’s a really neat place to go, but you’ve got to know your way around. You can’t just go there because you can get disoriented really fast,” he said.

Big Bear is a wild area to be out on your own. It’s forests are home to mountain lions, rattlesnakes, bears and other dangerous creatures.

Perhaps the most dangerous thing is the cold. The temperature in the mountainous are is expected to be near freezing in the coming nights.

Jackson says he was also lost. It took him until Thursday to reach help. Rescuers found his dog Friday afternoon.

“The dog was very agitated when it was located.  Probably very hungry, but In good overall physical condition,” Tiffany Swantek with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said.

Missing for more than 80 hours, dozens of people searched extensively for Dalman all Friday. Helicopters with night vision equipment continued into the night.

“We had teams that were able to use their equipment to get into some of the more remote and steeper areas that they weren’t able to get into earlier,” Swantek said.

With only Dalman’s purse and a bucket recovered so far, things are looking bleak, but friends are trying to stay positive.

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