EMT missing after 5-day solo hiking trip in Northern California
Twelve search and rescue teams were deployed to continue the search for Daniel Komins, who has not been heard from since August 11
By Eric Ting
San Francisco Chronicle
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. — Authorities are searching for a missing hiker in Northern California who hasn't been seen since August 11.
According to the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, 34-year-old Daniel Komins is an "experienced" hiker who embarked on a five-day solo trip to the Trinity Alps, about 75 miles northwest of Redding.
Komins is an EMT and was reported missing by his girlfriend on August 14 after failing to return home. Officials said Komin had a cellphone and GPS tracker with him.
He used his cellphone on Aug. 11 to contact his girlfriend, but the device "has seen no activity" since then. The sheriff's office said his GPS tracker is "not presently operating appropriately" either.
Authorities have been searching for Komins for two days, but have yet to locate him. His unoccupied vehicle was found on Thursday, and other backpackers in the mountains said they saw him on August 11.
Based on the information provided by other backpackers, search teams have expanded their search into additional areas since officials believe Komins may have deviated from his initial itinerary.
Over 40 ground searchers and multiple helicopter teams conducted searches for Komins on Friday, and efforts will continue Saturday.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information is made available.
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