Authorities identify missing hiker

Critical missing person's case


On Friday, authorities identified 75-year-old Roger Dannen, of Oregon as the hiker who went missing on Wednesday as he was hiking the Indian Canyons Trail in Palm Springs.

According to Palm Springs Police, Dannen and a friend began their hike from an area of Highway 74 at Cedar Springs trail and were last in communication with each other at the Garnet Trail or West Fork area.

His hiking partner, described as a 65-year-old man, alerted Palm Springs police about Dannen's disappearance at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday.

Palm Springs Police are continuing search efforts and consider this as a critical missing person's case.

Palm Canyon and Acanto, one of the entrances to the Indian Canyons Trail was no longer closed off Friday morning, according to a crew on scene.


 An active search is underway in Palm Springs for a missing hiker. 

The Palm Springs Police Department received a call Wednesday night around 5:15 p.m. about a hiker who disappeared while hiking the Indian Canyons Trail.

According to Sgt. William Hutchinson with the Palm Springs Police Department, two men started their hike at 8 a.m. Wednesday near Cedar Springs Trail. At some point in their hike, they became separated and lost communication with each other.

The missing hiker is a 75-year-old and his hiking partner is a 65-year-old man, who was able to make his way back down the trail.

Authorities stopped their search overnight due to weather but have resumed search efforts Thursday morning. 

Palm Canyon and Acanto, one of the entrances to the Indian Canyons Trail was blocked off by authorities.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol are continuing their search with aircrafts.


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