Nicholas Cendoya and Kyndall Jack missing in Trabuco Canyon Found

missing-hikersUPDATE:  6/30/13 – Methamphetamine was found in Nicholas’ car and the Fire Authorities want him to reimburse them for the cost of the search and rescue.  Nicholas confessed to using meth before and during the time he was lost in the Cleveland National Forest.  Kyndall has not been charged.

UPDATE:  Kyndall Jack has been found.  She was clinging to a cliff in Trabuco Canyon area only 1/2 mile from where the missing teen’s car was found.  She was taken to the hospital.

UPDATE: Russ Jack stated that Kyndall is hurt and “she can’t stand up.”  He stated his family is using machete’s to cut through the brush around the area where Nicholas was found to look for Kyndall.  The search effort will continue with a helicopter.

UPDATE:  4/4/13 –  Nicholas has been found.  He was dehydrated and disoriented in shoulder-high brush just a half-mile from where the pair’s car was parked. 
Nicholas was no longer wearing a shirt and he was talking to paramedics but struggling to answer questions about what had happened.  He was unable to help answer where Kyndall might be.
“He was extremely confused and disoriented,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Park.

Previous story:  Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18,  have been missing since Sunday.  They were last heard from when they called police with their cellphone around 8 p.m. on Sunday asking for help.  They said they were about a mile from their car in Trabuco Canyon, Calif. but they couldn’t find their way back, reports KTLA news.

The police have been searching near the Saddleback Peak and Holy Jim Canyon area in the Cleveland National Forest.  Their cell phone died before they were able to get a fix on where they were at.

A Facebook page called Costa Mesa Search Party has since been created with many posting to coordinate rides to the trail head.

Sheriff’s Department officials say they have searched near Saddleback Peak and Holy Jim Canyon in the Cleveland National Forest.

“I believe they took a detour, I believe they did get off the trail and that’s where the trouble started,” said Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Erin Guidice. “The growing concern would be that they have injured themselves and they are under the tree cover and we’re unable to find them by air.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the teenagers is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000.

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