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UPDATE: Missing hiker found in Angeles National Forest

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Posted: January 14, 2013 10:43 a.m.
Updated: January 14, 2013 7:08 p.m.

A hiker missing in the Angeles National Forest since Saturday night has been found, a sheriff’s spokesman said Monday.

Danny Kim, 28, of Arcadia, was found Sunday at 7:20 p.m., 26 hours after he was reported missing north of the San Gabriel Reservoir near Highway 39, Sgt. Kirk Smith of the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station said Monday.

He was found in the West Fork area north of the reservoir near Bear Creek.

Kim suffered head injuries after tumbling over a waterfall, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department revealed Monday.

“He was found walking along a pathway,” he said. “He was suffering from hypothermia and was taken to a hospital.”

Temperatures, according to searchers Sunday, dropped into “the teens” overnight Saturday.

Kim was airlifted to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was reported to be in stable condition.

“He was expected to recover,” said Sgt. Vicki Gregory.

Kim became separated from his fellow hikers on Saturday night about 15 miles southeast of Acton, Sgt. David Grall of the San Dimas station said earlier.

He had no hat, no map, no flashlight, no water and no backpack when he was reported missing, he said.

Temperatures overnight both Saturday and Sunday were below freezing, officials said.

Search and rescue crews paid particular attention to the area north and west of the San Gabriel Reservoir along the West Fork Road near Bear Creek.

Searchers involved members of the San Dimas Search and Rescue Team and the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, as well teams from Montrose, Malibu, and Antelope Valley.

Helicopter pilots with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Aero Bureau and the Los Angeles County Fire Department scoured the search area from the air and lowered searchers to the ground.
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