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1 hiker found, 1 still missing in Calif. forest

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2013 at 1:25 am •  Published: April 4, 2013

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) — One of two hikers missing for three days in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest was found alive Wednesday night, but his companion remained missing, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Another hiker found 19-year-old Nicholas Cendoya at about 8 p.m., then told a crew of firefighters where to find him, Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jason Park said.

Cendoya was found severely dehydrated and was talking to paramedics but struggled to answer questions about what had happened and where the second hiker, 18-year-old Kyndall Jack, might be.

"He was extremely confused and disoriented," Park said.

Cendoya was flown to a hospital 20 miles away in Mission Viejo. Television footage showed him walking with help from paramedics.

The search for Jack would continue into the night, Park said. He had no further information on where she might be or what information Cendoya was able to give.

The hiker who came across Cendoya went for help and found the firefighters, a training crew not involved in the search that just happened to be nearby, Park said.

They found Cendoya in thick brush about a half-mile south of where much of the search had focused.

The pair had not been heard from since their cellphone died Sunday night.

Several dozen searchers with help from three helicopters had been combing the rugged hills of Trabuco Canyon in the national forest.

They were searching the area because a 911 call from the hikers' cellphone was traced to a nearby cell tower, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. John Muir.

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