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Hiker Wearing Bikini Disappears in Southern California’s Sweltering Mojave Desert

Barbara Thomas was not carrying any supplies in the desert northeast of Los Angeles, where temperatures reached more than 100 degrees over the weekend

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San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

What to Know

  • Barbara Thomas, 69, of Bullhead City, Arizona, was last seen Friday
  • Thomas and her husband were hiking about approximately 20 miles north of the 40 Freeway when they got separated
  • Anyone with information was asked to contact the Colorado River Station at 760-326-9200 or Sheriff's Dispatch at 760-956-5001

A 69-year-old Arizona woman last seen wearing a black bikini and hiking boots has disappeared during a hike with her husband in Southern California's Mojave Desert during one of its warmest stretches of the year.

Barbara Thomas, 69, of Bullhead City, Arizona, was last seen Friday wearing the bikini, a red baseball cap and tan hiking boots with black socks. Thomas is  described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall with blonde hair and green eyes.

Thomas and her husband were hiking about 20 miles north of the 40 Freeway when they got separated, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office.

She was not carrying any supplies in the desert northeast of Los Angeles, where temperatures reached more than 100 degrees over the weekend. More triple-digit heat is in the forecast.

The search includes search-rescue dogs, a sheriff's department helicopter, park rangers, deputies and other personnel.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Colorado River Station at 760-326-9200 or Sheriff's Dispatch at 760-956-5001.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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