State police work with search-and-rescue crew to locate missing hiker

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New Mexico State Police were able to rescue a hiker in the Ladron Mountains early Monday morning, with help from search and rescue volunteers.

According to a press release from Sgt. Damyan Brown of the New Mexico State Police, at about 11 p.m. Sunday, March 23, state police received a call from a woman who stated her husband, a 48-year-old man, had gone hiking in the Ladron Mountains, just west of Bernardo, early that morning. Her last contact with him had been at about 3:20 p.m. that afternoon.

Officers were able to locate his vehicle at around 2:30 a.m. Monday at a trailhead, but there was no sign of the man.

Based on this, state police initiated a search and rescue mission. Ground teams responded to the area early Monday morning and began searching the area.

ABLE 6, New Mexico State Police's helicopter, assisted ground crews with the search.

At about 1:30 p.m., the helicopter's crew obtained a visual of the hiker and was able to guide ground crews to his location. He was found to be in good health and was taken back to his vehicle.

"This is another example of search and rescue personnel and state police working together to resolve a potentially life threatening situation for one of New Mexico's citizens," Brown said. "And hats off to the search and rescue personnel as they donate their time, energy and resources on a strictly volunteer, non-paid, basis."

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