Angeles National Forest

Lost Hiker Found After Five Days in SoCal's Angeles National Forest

The relieved hiker, reported missing in a remote area of the forest north of LA, took a smiling photo with a member of the helicopter search team.

A hiker found after spending five days lost in Angeles National Forest poses for a photo with a search team member.
LA County Sheriff's Department

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.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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