[UPDATED with Rescuers Put in Harm's Way:] Kyndall Jack and Nicholas Cendoya Saved
See Update Nos. 3-6 on page 2 about the man being found alive, the search resuming for the woman, Kyndall Jack being found and airlifted out and how it all happened..
See Update Nos. 1- 2 on the next page about a search party page being set up on Facebook and the sheriff's department warning amateur searchers to have a plan.
|Courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department|
|Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, have been missing since last night.|
Deputies tried to reach the pair by foot but were unsuccessful, and an initial request for assistance from the air had to be denied due to low clouds, according to the sheriff's department.
Air support has since been deployed as has a bloodhound, according to deputies, who ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of the two to call 714.647.7000.
"Any help from our CMHS family would be greatly appreciated," reads the page description, a reference to Costa Mesa High School, which is part of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Incidentally, the school district today released a statement disclosing Kyndall Jack's mother, Dawn, is a Corona del Mar High School employee.
After hiking together in Holy Jim Canyon, the teens texted around 8:30 p.m. Sunday they were lost but the battery on their cell phone went dead and the sheriff's department was unable to get a "ping" off it to determine the pair's location.
The missing teens indicated they believed they were about a mile from their vehicle, which has since been located by ground searchers. Besides law enforcement and civilians on foot, the search is relying on aircraft, bloodhounds and equestrian teams.
UPDATE NO. 2, APRIL 2, 5:29 P.M.: Responding to an "outpouring of community support" to help in the search for the two teen hikers, the Orange County Sheriff's Department is warning anyone venturing into Cleveland National Forest to have a plan first.
"When hiking in wilderness areas, be prepared for the unexpected," reads a statement from the agency. "Tell family and friends what your plans are and provide a list of who will be going with you. Wear appropriate shoes, bring plenty of water and food, have a map/compass/GPS, fully charge your mobile phone, pack a whistle and a flashlight."
Deputies direct those seeking more information on how to prepare for a hike to visit the Center for Disease Control's website: http://www.cdc.gov/family/camping/.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Nicholas Cendoya and Kyndall Jack is urged to call the sheriff's department at 714.647.7000. Anonymous tips can be left via 855-TIP-OCCS or at www.occrimestoppers.org.