A hiker who was missing for five days in rugged Southern California wilderness was located alive during an extensive search.
George Null, 58, was picked up Wednesday by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s helicopter in remote area of the Angeles National Forest.
A Sheriff’s Department photo taken with a crew member showed Null dirty and with a stubbly beard but smiling broadly.
The search by authorities and volunteers began Saturday when Null did not return from a day hike in the Mount Waterman area of the San Gabriel Mountains, about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
The helicopter crew spotted him waving next to a creek in a deep canyon.