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Flagstaff, AZ – At 8:30 pm on 10/9/14 Coconino County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the report of an overdue hiker on the Kachina Trail. The overdue party was a 55 year old male reportedly conducting a day hike with his dog along the Kachina Trail. He was reported overdue by his girlfriend when he did not return by late afternoon as expected.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit members responded to the location and conducted search operations throughout the evening. During the search they located clues indicating the path he had travelled near the Weatherford Trail. Search operations continued into the early morning hours of 10/10/14. The hiker was able to self-extricate and contacted the Sheriff’s Office.
Interview with the hiker revealed that he had become disoriented while on the Weatherford Trail as the result of white-out conditions and had taken shelter until daylight.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and our Search and Rescue Unit would like to remind hikers and hunters to leave a detailed trip plan with a trusted person and be prepared for the unexpected night out in the event of an accident or other emergency. Carry the 10 Essentials: extra water, food, warm clothing, navigation equipment, a headlamp or flashlight, a first aid kit, shelter material, a fire starting kit, a pocket knife, and signaling equipment like a signal mirror and whistle. These can be important tools to help you stay safe in the outdoors and to aid searchers in locating you.
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Media and Public Contact: Lieutenant Jim Coffey, 928-774-4523