The search for a missing hiker from Pacific Palisades continues Monday in the wilderness of the eastern Sierra Mountains.
Larry Conn, 53, of Pacific Palisades, began his hike on Oct. 19 at the Taboose Creek Trailhead in the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada in the Inyo National Forest, according to the National Parks Service.
No clues were connected to Conn on Sunday, when a total of 40 staff from the
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, in cooperation with Yosemite National Park, Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue continued the search. It is expected to resume on Monday.
Search efforts included nine ground search teams, three dogs and two contract helicopters. Search efforts were focused on specific high-probability areas around Pinchot Pass, Taboose Pass and Split Mountain, including likely travel corridors and camp locations. Conditions continued to be challenging with up to 1 to 1.5 feet of snow, ice, high elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet and cold temperatures in the mid-40s in the daytime to the low-20s at night (degrees Fahrenheit).
"I'm just praying he's mobile, hoping he's working on his exit route. Just come home, Larry. Please," Conn's partner, Claus Svendsen, told CBS2.
Svendsen said Conn has been missing for nine days and had food and provisions only for five.
If you have seen or contacted Conn or have more information, call Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' Dispatch at (559) 565-3195 or the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department at (760) 878-0383.