Missing Hiker Rescued in Newhall’s Towsley Canyon

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Search and rescue crews on Tuesday morning found and airlifted a hiker to safety a day after he went missing in Towsley Canyon in Newhall, authorities said.


Hiker Brian Napoli was airlifted to safety a day after he went missing in Newhall’s Towsley Canyon. (Credit: KTLA)

Brian Napoli was first reported missing by a friend around 4:45 p.m. on Monday, according to Sgt. Derrick Valentine of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Station.

He was rescued shortly before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, aerial video showed.

His condition was not immediately known.

The 24-year-old was hiking alone in Towsley Canyon when he went off the main trail and got lost, Valentine said.

Napoli posted several photos of himself to Instagram before he was reported missing.

In the last photo, which was taken on Monday afternoon, Napoli wrote, “Can see the 118 on one side and SCV on the other. The photo included the hashtags “neveragain,” “almostdied” and “timetogoback.”

His car was found in the parking lot near the entrance to the trail, according to Valentine.

The initial search for Napoli was suspended at 2:15 a.m. after authorities got to areas considered too dangerous to search at night, Valentine said.

It resumed around 6:30 a.m., according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Video from the scene showed that search and rescue crews utilized a helicopter and personnel on the ground to look for the missing man.

KTLA’s Crystal Garcia contributed to this report.