A missing hiker has been found safe in California -- and officials credited his rescue in part to one man who recognized the hiker's photo.
Rene Compean, 45, was found safe at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
When Compean was reported missing at about 6 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2021 rescue teams immediately launched a search in the Mt. Waterman area. They searched through the night to no avail, authorities said.
Compean had snapped this photo of his legs earlier during his hike and texted it to a friend, the sheriff's office said. Compean told his friend he was lost and his phone was dying, authorities said.
Compean's "location" from his phone was off, so crews couldn't obtain the location code of the photo, the sheriff's office said. Instead, the authorities released the image to the public in hope that someone would recognize the area where Compean was stranded.
An avid hiker of the Angeles National Forest came forward sharing information about the area in the photo, the sheriff's office said.
A helicopter then found Compean and airlifted him to safety, authorities said.
"His clue greatly helped us find the hiker," the Montrose Search and Rescue Team said.
Compean wrote on Facebook Tuesday night, "I want to thank God for getting me thru this safe and sound home. Also to thank all those who played a role in the search and locating me. Thank you all for your prayers and the collaboration with each other."
45 years old
Classification: DAY/NIGHT HIKER
Foul Play Suspected: No
Suspected Suicide: No
Reported missing on April 12, 2021 - 161 days, 23 hours, 45 minutes ago
Found on April 13, 2021 - 160 days, 8 hours, 0 minutes ago
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Apr 14, 2021 at 19:55
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Apr 14, 2021 at 20:09
This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 3693
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