Missing 73-year-old hiker found alive by Los Angeles rescue teams

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A 73-year-old hiker missing in the Los Angeles area was found by rescuers on Saturday — one week after disappearing. Montrose Search and Rescue teams announced in a tweet that Eugene Jo was discovered alive near La Crescenta.

Jo was hiking with a group but became separated from them a week ago. He was found “in the wilderness” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department wrote in a tweet. Jo and his friends were hiking a 6-mile route on Mt. Waterman, according to CBS Los Angeles.

The search was led by LASD, but agencies from the Antelope and San Gabriel valleys were also tapped to help, CBS Los Angeles reported.

“They had about 11 different search teams with about 75 searchers looking in the Angeles National Forest for Mr. Jo,” said LASD Lt. Jaqueline Sanchez according to CBS Los Angeles.

The Special Enforcement Bureau confirmed “the hiker was airlifted to [a] hospital.”

“They just kept searching the different areas, they had some of the hikers go back and showed them the ground they covered and they found him today in Devil’s Canyon, a few miles away from where they’d been hiking,” said Sanchez.

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