Hiker Reported Missing Found Safe in Angeles National Forest

PEARBLOSSOM (CNS) - A 45-year-old hiker who was reported missing after texting a friend that he was lost in the Angeles National Forest was found today.

Rene Compean of Palmdale was reported missing at about 6 p.m. Monday when a friend called the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station after receiving a text message from Compean stating that he was lost and his cellphone was dying, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Compean's car was found near Buckhorn Campground and Trailhead in Pearblossom in the Antelope Valley, though it was unknown which trail he took from there, the sheriff's department said.

Compean sent his friend a picture earlier in the hike depicting himself sitting on a trail with a possible burn area near a mountain visible below. The sheriff's department circulated the picture Tuesday morning and asked for information from anyone who may have recognized the area.

Compean was found safe and in good condition at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in a remote ridgeline near Twin Peaks East and Triplet Rocks, said Sgt. John Gilbert of the Crescenta Valley Station.

Compean was taken to the Chilao Campgrounds in the Palmdale area and airlifted to safety. He did not need to be hospitalized.

Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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