UPDATE 2: Crews Resume Searches for 2 Hikers in Central California

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

UPDATE 2:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rescue teams resumed separate searches Sunday for two hikers missing in California's Sierra Nevada.

More ground crews were called in and two more helicopters are joining the search for Larry Conn, a 53-year-old Southern California man who left on a hike in the Inyo National Forest on Oct. 19.

Officials say Conn was hiking in a rugged wilderness area in the eastern Sierra that included a climb over the Taboose Pass.

A separate search was also underway for a 52-year-old Visalia man who disappeared during a backpacking trip in the Sierra.

Officials say Matthew Hanson, described as an experienced backpacker, is missing in a rugged area near Shaver Lake, about 80 miles northeast of Fresno.

UPDATE 1:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Search teams have found one missing hiker, but crews are still looking for two other hikers who have disappeared in separate wilderness areas in central California.

Crews found 29-year-old Nathan Sperring safe a tent in the Desolation Wilderness area.

53-year old Larry Conn is still missing, thought to be in the Inyo National Forest near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. And 52-year-old Matthew Hanson is missing from the Shaver Lake area near Fresno.

ORIGINAL:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Search teams are looking for three missing hikers who have disappeared in separate wilderness areas in central and northern California.

In the first of three searches, ground teams and helicopter crews are looking for Larry Conn, who left on a three-day backpacking trip in Inyo National Forest 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.

In a separate search in the Sierra, Fresno County search teams are looking for 52-year-old Matthew Hanson, a Visalia man who left Tuesday on a backpacking trip near Shaver Lake, but never returned.

In the third search, crews are searching the Desolation Wilderness area for Nathan Sperring, described as an experienced camper, who was due to finish his trip by last Tuesday.


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