Hiker, 85, Missing in Angeles National Forest Found Alive

An 85-year-old Temple City man who went missing after going for a hike in the Angeles National Forest Saturday morning was found alive on Sunday, authorities said.

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A search-and-rescue team was looking for a missing hiker in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station’s search-and-rescue team had been looking for Donald Buchanan in the Vincent Gap area, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Searchers were near the Mt. Baden-Powell Peak around 10:30 a.m., when they heard a faint whistle from across a ravine and subsequently made voice contact with Buchanan, sheriff’s officials said.

The crew aboard a sheriff’s rescue helicopter spotted the hiker at the top of a cliff face, and a paramedic was lowered to perform a medical evaluation on him, according to the statement.

Buchanan, who appeared to be uninjured and suffering from mild hypothermia, was hoisted up to the helicopter and flown to Huntington Memorial Hospital for further evaluation and treatment, officials said.

The hiker was reported missing after he failed to return home and had his vehicle located at a trailhead by his son, authorities said.

Anyone with information about this case was asked to contact the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at (661) 272-2400.


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