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Family hopes for safe return of missing Grand Canyon hiker

Drake Kramer loves the outdoors and has goals to be a geologist, but his family says the 21-year-old hasn’t been heard from or seen for a week.

Kramer had traveled from San Antonio to hike the Grand Canyon and was last seen checking out of the Bright Angel Lodge Jan. 31, according to officials. His family reported him missing the next day, sparking a full investigation and search efforts.

“With no additional clues to guide search efforts on land, the search will be scaled back to a continuous but limited mode in which rangers and pilots will continue to search for clues when in the area,” Grand Canyon National Park’s public affairs office said in a press release.

Kramer is described as 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and an olive green sweatshirt.

His father, Robbin Kramer, told ABC News his son likes to feel one with nature and that he received a worrying text from his son Feb. 1.

His son told him Monday that “he was at the Grand Canyon and he needed to be back with Mother Earth and set his soul free. At that point we really started getting worried and started calling and trying to get people to look for him.”

Robbin Kramer said he is concerned his son was not carrying the right hiking equipment, but he believes someone must have seen Drake filling up his car with gas or buying supplies.

Grand Canyon National Park told ABC News Drake Kramer may still be hiking, but Robbin Kramer says the family is very worried about him. Please call the National Park Service Silent Witness Line at 928-638-7840 with any information.