Missing 17-year-old Pacific Crest Trail hiker found safe

Update (07/27/21 1:45 p.m.) – Missing Pacific Crest Trail hiker Elijah Manns was found safe near Fly Lake in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Search and rescue workers are working on reuniting him with his family.

Elijah Manns separated from his father during their hike. Manns was told to meet his father at Highway 140 in the Fish Lake area. He never showed up.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Klamath County Search and Rescue launched a search for the teen from Florida.

They located him Tuesday afternoon at Fly Lake, northwest of Fourmile Lake. They were able to locate his coordinates through a helicopter. It was about 13 miles from where he was last seen on the Pacific Crest Trail.

“We are very excited we were able to locate the subject and now we’re just working to get our crews out and he and his dad back together so they can continue to hike,” said Sergeant Shawn Richards.

We’re told there was some sort of miscommunication between the family members.

Sergeant Richards told us Tuesday, that Elijah was found in good condition. He’s been reunited with his father.

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