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A California man who hiked solo in Yosemite National Park is missing, park officials said.
Joel Thomazin, 31, of Denair, embarked on a hike on September 6 from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to Lake Eleanor, 14 kilometers away and planned to return to Hetch Hetchy by September 9. He was declared missing on Saturday, Yosemite National Park officials said in a statement.
Thomazin is 5ft 10in and has fashionably cropped brown hair, officials said. They said he was carrying a yellow and gray backpack, a green sleeping bag, a blue and green hammock and a red inflatable kayak.
They urged anyone who has been in the Miguel Meadow area, Lake Eleanor or on the trails around Hetch Hetchy since last Monday, or who may have information regarding Thomazin, to contact Yosemite Search and Rescue.
Thomazin’s wife, Amanda Thomazin, said in a Facebook post on Sunday that at least 16 members of the National Park Service search and rescue team were looking for her husband with a search dog. She said Tuolumne County Search and Rescue will also join the search, which includes a helicopter, kayaks and a boat.
“Please join the thousands of people praying for Joel,” she wrote. “Pray for today’s efforts as they begin again this morning. Pray for every person, dog, boat and helicopter that searches. Pray for Joel’s safety and strength. Pray that he is well. Pray for him to have water. Pray that he may come to a place where he will be seen.
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