Search is on for miss­ing hiker

Ir­ish­man was last seen in April in the Whitewater Pre­serve in Riverside County.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica.rocha @la­times.com Twit­ter: Veron­i­caRochaLA

A search is un­der­way for an Ir­ish hiker who dis­ap­peared in April as he trekked through a stretch of the 2,650-mile Pa­cific Crest Trail.

David O’Sul­li­van, 25, left his home in Ire­land on March 20 with the goal of hik­ing the famed trail in five months, ac­cord­ing to a miss­ing per­son’s Face­book page cre­ated for him. He planned to hike alone from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia to Canada.

But con­cerns over O’Sul­li­van’s where­abouts arose when he never met up with a friend in Santa Bar­bara in May. His fam­ily re­ported him miss­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the Riverside County Sher­iff ’s De­part­ment, O’Sul­li­van was last seen some­time in April in the Whitewater Pre­serve, a 2,851-acre area sur­rounded by San Gor­gonio Wilder­ness.

The Sher­iff’s De­part­ment, which since has taken over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said blood­hounds, off-road ve­hi­cles, he­li­copters and vol­un­teers will search the pre­serve for any sign of O’Sul­li­van.

O’Sul­li­van’s brother, Niall O’Sul­li­van, told the Ir­ish Times that his brother was a novice hiker and had been us­ing Wi-Fi signals that he tapped into along the trail to com­mu­ni­cate with fam­ily.

The fam­ily re­ceived sev­eral re­ports of peo­ple see­ing David O’Sul­li­van, but “none of the sight­ings were him,” his brother told the news­pa­per.

O’Sul­li­van is 5 feet 10, weighs about 155 pounds and has dark hair and blue eyes.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on O’Sul­li­van’s where­abouts is urged to call the Sher­iff ’s De­part­ment’s Hemet Sta­tion at (951) 791-3400.

AP

DAVID O’SUL­LI­VAN left his home in Ire­land in March to hike the 2,650-mile Pa­cific Crest Trail.

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