UPDATE: Searchers find hiker lost in Elsmere Canyon

A helicopter rescues a hiker off of Placerita Canyon Road on Saturday. Rick McClure/For The Signal

Los Angeles County first responders found a missing hiker safe and sound Tuesday near Elsmere Canyon, after searching for less than an hour.

The hiker was first reported missing at 4:05 p.m. near the Elsmere Canyon Trail in the Newhall area.

“It came out as a public assist call,” said Chris Thomas, a spokesman with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, adding that the hiker was 20 feet below the ridgetop. “His phone battery died.”

The hiker was described as being prepared with a “space blanket” and “cold pants,” according to Thomas.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was able to scramble Copter 15 to assist in the search effort and first responders were on the scene searching by 4:15 p.m., Thomas said.

“We’re looking for him,” Thomas said at approximately 4:20 p.m.

The hiker was found at 5 p.m., alive and well, according to FIre Department Supervisor Bernard Peters.

“The patient was over by the park-and-ride on foot,” said Peters. Units cleared the scene soon after with no patients transported, Peters added.

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