Hiker Missing for Nearly 24 Hours Had ‘Just One Bottle of Water,’ Daughter Says

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
June 13, 2019USshare
Hiker Missing for Nearly 24 Hours Had ‘Just One Bottle of Water,’ Daughter Says
Search and rescue teams searched for Sung Mi Kim, 59, a Los Angeles resident who went missing in the Angeles National Forest on June 12, 2019. (Montrose Search & Rescue Team)

A woman who went missing while hiking with a group in California had just one bottle of water with her and had been weak from a recent sickness, her daughter said.

Sung Mi Kim, 59, a Los Angeles resident, was with a group in the Angeles National Forest when she became separated from them around 11 a.m. on June 12.

When the group couldn’t find her, they reported her missing to the authorities. Search-and-rescue teams couldn’t locate her despite using thermal imaging after nightfall.

“It’s been 18 hours and she just had one bottle of water, and her body has been very weak and she has not been eating well for the last few months, so that’s why I’m really, really worried about her,” daughter Jane Kim told CBS LA.

Her mother doesn’t hike often and has a bad knee, Kim added.

Video footage from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department showed air rescue searching around Mt. Waterman for Sung Mi Kim on Wednesday night.

Other teams searched on foot.

Missing Hiker Found

Earlier this year, a man who went missing overnight in the same forest was found alive.

Angus Powelson said that he took a wrong turn and got lost but found a sleeping bag and slept in it before hiking out in the morning.

The 65-year-old was reported missing by his son, who had been hiking with him.

“I’m relieved,” Ian Powelson, the son, told NBC LA. “I thought he was dead. It was freezing cold last night, and he didn’t have anything with him.”

The situation happened in January during the winter.

Teams searched for Powelson until around 2 a.m. before suspending the search because of weather conditions.

Powelson hiked out to a road the next morning and got a ride to downtown Los Angeles.

“When the sun started to set, he actually stumbled across a sleeping bag,” said Sgt. John Gilbert, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “In the morning, he got up and he bushwhacked through the mountains and found himself on Big Tujunga Canyon Road.”

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