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Contact: Jennette Jurado, 432-477-1109
Overdue hiker Calvin Parker, 59, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was successfully located by National Park Service, Border Patrol, and Customs and Border Protection resources. While backpacking on the Mesa de Anguila, the hiker separated from his hiking companion, and failed to return to the base camp before nightfall on November 6th. The park received word of the overdue party, and initiated a search and rescue. With desert temperatrues in excess of 90 degrees Farenheit, National Park Service ground searchers were deployed to trails in the area, and the park's fixed wing aircraft and Customs and Border Protection helicopters aided by Border Patrol assisted with the search.
Around 1200 on November 7th, the hiker was found and united with his hiking companion. He was found to be mildly dehydrated, and was flown with his hiking companion to Lajitas airport where rangers were able to shuttle the hikers back to their vehicle. Superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones says, "We are relieved that Mr. Parker was found by the search team, and was able to make it back in good condition. We encourage all hikers to be well preparted when hiking on remote trails like the Mesa de Anguila."
The park recommends letting a trusted friend or relative know your itenerairy, and have them contacut us if a group is overdue. Additionally, a reminder that backcountry permits are required for all backpacking trips.