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1 of 2 hikers missing in Sierra Nevada found safe

  • 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 — One of two hikers missing in California's Sierra Nevada was found safe Monday as crews searched for a second hiker, authorities said.

Matthew Hanson was found after a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew spotted shoe tracks in the snow, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said. As the helicopter followed the tracks, Hanson walked out to the open so he could be seen by the crew.

He appeared to be in relatively good condition, Mims said.

Rescue teams had been looking for Hanson, 52, of Visalia, after he left on a backpacking trip on Oct. 16 and had failed to return on Thursday as expected.

He was found near Cathedral Lake, an alpine lake at an elevation of nearly 11,000 feet, about 80 miles northeast of Fresno.


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