Search for Calif. hikers fruitless; hope not lost

April 3, 2013 • National News

This image provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department shows hiker, Kyndall Jack who has been missing along with companion, Nicholas Cendoya, since the weekend. Southern California authorities are resuming the search for Jack, 18, and Cendoya, 19, who vanished during a weekend hike in Cleveland National Forest.(AP Photo/Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers working in sometimes dangerously rugged terrain combed Southern California’s Cleveland National Forest for two lost hikers late Wednesday, but the third day of searching had proved fruitless as darkness fell.

There was no evidence of foul play and authorities believe the teens are in the area, in part because a 911 call made before their mobile phone died was traced to a cell tower near the location, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. John Muir.

“Their probability for survival is good,” he said, Login to read more

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