Teen Hiker Found in 'Disoriented' State But the Other Is Still Missing

Jacqueline Burt Cote This Just In

hikersGood news and bad news regarding the two teenagers who went missing on a hiking trip in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest over the weekend: One teen, 19-year-old Nicholas Cendoya, was found by another hiker Wednesday evening -- in an area of such dense vegetation that the rescue helicopter had trouble keeping sight of him even after they knew where to look. Disoriented and dehydrated, Cendoya was airlifted to a hospital but had trouble explaining how he and 18-year-old Kyndall Jack got separated. So the question remains ... where IS Kyndall Jack?

Searchers are still looking for the teen, focusing on the area where Cendoya was found; this time aided by a sheriff's helicopter with infrared sensors. Investigators are hoping that as Cendoya recovers, he'll be able to give them more details about what was going on when the pair made a 911 call from a dying cellphone on Sunday -- and what happened after that.

I understand how easy it can be to get lost in the woods, having made the same mistake myself (to a much less dramatic degree). But isn't the buddy system one of the major rules hikers are supposed to follow? Why would the two of them split up?? Especially when neither of them had a working cellphone. Some big questions here ... but all we can do now is hope and pray that Kyndall Jack will be rescued soon.

How do you think these teen hikers got separated?

 

Image via Orange County Sheriff's Department

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