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Search for missing 73-year-old hiker in Angeles National Forest enters third day

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Eugene Jo, 73, went missing Saturday in the Angeles National Forest.
(Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Officials are ramping up a search for a 73-year-old man who went missing while hiking in the Angeles National Forest over the weekend.

Eugene Jo became separated from his group near Mt. Waterman on Saturday, according to Deputy Dan Paige with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Officials began the third day of the search at 7 a.m. Monday with the help of neighboring crews, sheriff’s officials said.

“Time is an issue,” said sheriff’s Lt. Mark Lopez. “We want to find him as soon as possible.”

Helicopters, scent dogs and ground crews searched the area’s trails Sunday. On Monday, 41 rescuers from San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura and Riverside counties continued the search. They are expected to focus on the canyon areas, sheriff’s officials said.

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Authorities described Jo as 5 foot 7 with black eyes and graying hair. He was wearing tan-colored pants and a white shirt with a tan and white hat.

alejandra.reyesvelarde@latimes.com

Twitter: @r_valejandra

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