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Missing Hiker Nicolas Cendoya Had Methamphetamine in Car While Rescuers Searched

Around Easter, a pair of teenage hikers were lost for four days in the Southern California wilderness. 

Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and his friend Kyndall Jack, 18, decided to go on a hike on Easter. When they went off trail, they became lost, and dialed 911 for help. They said their phone was dying and they did not know what to do.

It sparked a frenzy as their parents and rescuers tried to locate the pair. It proved to be a difficult task, as there was no way to track them and the brush was so thick it hindered visibility.

But three days later, they managed to locate Cendoya. The next day, Jack was found standing by a cliff, hypothermic and disoriented.

The ordeal consisted of 1,900 man-hours, cost taxpayers an estimated $160,000 and resulted in one deputy's serious injury as he tried to rescue Jack but fell.

The two said they did not remember much, except for hallucinations.

Now, it was revealed that police found 497 milligrams of methamphetamine in Cendoya's car when they were searching for him. 

It is not clear whether the two took the drug before the hike, as they were not tested for drugs at the time.

"I am incredibly perplexed. There are so many unanswered questions surrounding this situation," Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer said.

There is currently not an ongoing investigation into the incident.

If Cendoya is convicted of possessing the drug, he could face three years in jail.

Sources: ABC, NY Daily News


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