2 hikers missing in separate spots across Northern California, 3rd found

  • This undated photo released by the National Park Service shows missing hiker Larry Conn. Ground teams and helicopter crews are looking for Conn, who left on a three-day backpacking trip in Inyo National Forest in Northern California's Sierra Nevada on Oct. 19, and never emerged from the wilderness. A spokesman for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks says the 53-year-old Conn started hiking in the Inyo National Forest, with plans to plans to finish his trip last Monday. (AP Photo/National Park Service)

SAN FRANCISCO — Rescue teams were back in the mountains Sunday resuming separate searches for two hikers missing in California's Sierra Nevada.

More ground crews were called in and two more helicopters, including a California Highway Patrol helicopter, joined the search for Larry Conn of Pacific Palisades.

The 53-year-old departed on a three-day backpacking trip in Inyo National Forest on Oct. 19 and never emerged from the wilderness.

Conn had planned on hiking through a rugged wilderness area in the mountains of the eastern Sierra, not far from the tiny town of Independence, officials said.

His planned trip included a climb over the Taboose Pass, a trail described as "strenuous" and requiring a climb of more than 6,000 feet, according to the parks service website.

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