Crews have resumed their search efforts on a Phoenix mountain for a missing hiker who was last seen on Saturday. The ground search for 23-year-old Eric Fernandes resumed Tuesday on Camelback after it was suspended Monday due to blistering hot weather.
A police helicopter had searched for the missing hiker into the evening. An excessive heat warning is in effect for metro Phoenix, where temperatures are expected to reach up to 109 degrees over the next three days.
Police Sgt. Trent Crumb says people in distress on the steep, rocky mountain can be difficult to spot if they’ve fallen into a crevice. According to Crump, Fernandes was last seen Saturday at the top of the mountain by other hikers who said he was hiking alone.
Photos of Fernandes have been posted at the trailheads. It has been three days now since the young man went missing.
Fernandes had been visiting with his father before he disappeared on the Phoenix mountain. His father reported him missing on Sunday and police began searching the area then, according to a police spokesperson.
Investigators found Fernandes’ car parked at a Camelback trail head and have recovered receipts that show he purchased a hydration backpack and some water, according to a police spokesperson.
Fernandes’ cellphone appears to have died Saturday and the last signals that investigators were able to recover placed the phone in the Glendale, Ariz. Region where Fernands had been staying with his father.
Police said Fernandes hikes at home, but he is not used to the high temperatures and terrain he would have encountered at Camelback this weekend.
Search Efforts Resume For Missing Hiker on Phoenix Mountain