California park trail crew finds missing teen hiker

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Fresno, CA, United States (4E) – Trail crews of Kings Canyon National Park in California on Monday found a 13-year-old hiker missing for almost two days.

Austin Shedd of Carlsbad and Mammoth Lakes was located unharmed around 9:30 p.m. Monday. He will be flown out of the park Tuesday.

Shedd, his father and a family friend started their hike from Taboose Pass in the Inyo National Forest. They were hiking for more than eight hours Sunday when he got separated from the party in the Arrow Peak area of the national park around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

His father, Dr. Rick Shedd, stopped for a few minutes to make sandwiches and when he was done, his son was gone.

Dr. Shedd and his friend searched for the teen for three hours but failed to find him. The father then made a return trek to Owens Valley and reported that his son was missing around 2 a.m. Monday.

Twenty-five National Park Service staff from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks then searched for the boy by ground and helicopter.

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