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4 Hikers Found After Night in Angeles Forest

An Arleta man and three boys missing in the Angeles National Forest overnight were found Sunday morning by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department search and rescue team, authorities said.

Gerald Dutton, 42, his son Nathan, 12, Dutton’s 14-year-old stepson, Dustin Trevor, and family friend Richard Lunn, 16, appeared to be in good physical condition, said Sheriff’s Deputy Kathy Juaire of the Crescenta Valley station.

Dutton and the boys left the Switzer’s Falls picnic area Saturday at 1:15 p.m. for a day hike to Millard campground, about a seven-mile trip, Juaire said. When they failed to arrive at Millard by 7:30 p.m., Dutton’s wife, Pamela, notified authorities.

About 20 members of two rescue teams began searching the rugged terrain at 10:30 p.m. The group was found below the Switzer’s Falls picnic area at 7:45 p.m. Sunday after a helicopter that had been grounded by fog joined the search, Juaire said.

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Nathan said the group was following some other hikers that they met on the trail. When the hikers outpaced them, they became lost, Dutton said.


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