Search efforts for a Canadian hiker missing since last week inside Joshua Tree National Park have been scaled back following five days without success, officials said Wednesday.
Paul Miller, 51, was last seen at around 9 a.m. Friday when he departed for a hike to 49 Palms Oasis, an area on the northern end of the park. He was expected to return around noon, but never did, leading his wife to notify park rangers, according to Joshua Tree officials. Miller’s car was found at the 49 Palms Oasis trailhead.
Search efforts since Friday have had rescuers “combing the area” with the assistance of K-9 units and a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter.
However, officials said Wednesday “efforts to find Miller or any trace have been without success,” leading officials to reduce their search efforts.
“While resource levels will be reduced, the incident will enter into a limited continuous search mode,” according to a statement from park officials. “During this phase, searchers will continue to methodically search areas of high probability when sufficient resources are available.”
Agencies involved in the search efforts thus far have included Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Death Valley National Park, Santa Monica Mountain and Mojave Desert Preserve.
Miller is described as white, 5-foot-5, weighing around 160 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts was asked to call (909) 383-5651.