Hiker Still Missing Along Lost Coast Trail Sent Text Days Earlier Saying He Was Injured: Humboldt County Sheriff

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California authorities are searching for a possibly injured Canadian hiker on the rugged Lost Coast Trail.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Rick Raymond Eastep of Ontario, Canada, was reported missing on Wednesday.

Rick Raymond, 32, Eastep of Ontario, Canada, was reported missing along the Lost Coast Trail in Northern California on Jan. 9, 2019. He is seen in this undated photo released by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 11, 2019.
Rick Raymond, 32, Eastep of Ontario, Canada, was reported missing along the Lost Coast Trail in Northern California on Jan. 9, 2019. He is seen in this undated photo released by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 11, 2019.

The person who made the report said Eastep sent a text message indicating he had been injured, possibly near the Miller Flat area.

The text appeared to have been sent on Monday, but was not received until late Wednesday.

The Lost Coast Trail runs along coastal mountains that descend to the ocean along California’s far northern shoreline.

Much of the trail is on the beach and disappears at high tide.

Local, state and federal teams, including the Coast Guard, are conducting the search.

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