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Missing hikers found near Malibu

February 16, 2010 |  7:21 am
Crews Find Missing Hikers, 4 Others in Malibu

A search-and-rescue crew has found a Thousand Oaks couple who were reported missing after going for a hike Monday afternoon in a canyon near Malibu.

The couple, in their 20s, went for a hike in Newton Canyon about 3 p.m. Monday but didn’t return. Their roommate reported them missing just before midnight, said Sgt. Greg Evans of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

A six-person mountain rescue team set out to find them early Tuesday morning. A sheriff’s department helicopter found a campfire that may have been started by the couple, and rescuers located them just before 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The hikers didn’t have any overnight gear with them. It is unclear whether they were lost or intended to camp, Evans said.

-- Tony Barboza

Photo: KTLA