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Search Launched For Missing Hiker In Yosemite

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Yosemite National Park, CA — A full-scale search has been launched to try to locate a missing hiker in Yosemite National Park.

Park officials say 27-year-old Leon Zheng is believed to have started a solo trip around September 2nd in the park. The search started yesterday and involves about 30 ground searchers, dog teams, and helicopters.

Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue is currently receiving mutual aid from Mariposa, Marin, Mono, and Santa Clara County Search and Rescue Teams. Leon Zheng is described as an Asian male weighing approximately 150 lbs. He is 27 years old, with black hair and brown eyes. Zheng is believed to have been backpacking in the areas around White Wolf, Tuolumne Meadows, Benson Lake, and Seavey Pass.

Anyone in these areas between September 2nd and yesterday is asked to call the Yosemite Search and Rescue office whether or not they saw a person matching the description of the missing hiker.