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Search for missing Sedona hiker suspended

PHOENIX — Authorities have suspended the search for a 22-year-old man who
has been reported missing for more than a week in the mountains of northern

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said Friday the search was suspended after
a fifth day of searching roughly 30 square miles of thick scrub, deep canyons
and caves. Temperatures have dipped into the 20s in recent nights.

Thomas Lang was last seen Dec. 18 at the Manzanita Campground in Oak Creek
Canyon north of Sedona.

Authorities said Lang went into the woods for a planned five-day hike without a
cellphone or any food because he was fasting

About 60 searchers scoured the area Thursday along with a dog team and a
helicopter. Experts trained to navigate the deep canyons also were brought in
from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.


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