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Missing hikers found after cold night in Angeles National Forest

Four hikers who went missing overnight in Angeles National Forest were found early Tuesday, December 30, 2014.
Four hikers who went missing overnight in Angeles National Forest were found early Tuesday, December 30, 2014.
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Four hikers were found early Tuesday morning after they went missing during a frigid night in Angeles National Forest, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The group left to go on a hike around 10 p.m. Monday. Sheriff's Lt. Randy Tuinstra said they were reported missing just after midnight.

"During the search of the Angeles Crest area, we found their vehicle located in the parking lot of the Switzer Falls area, and that's where the Montrose search and rescue team was called out to search, and that was right around 3 o'clock in the morning," Tuinstra said.

Two 18-year-old men, a 20-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man, all fairly avid hikers, were in the group, according to the sheriff's department.

All of them were OK when they were located by a helicopter at 7:25 a.m. They were being airlifted out of the forest shortly after, sheriff's officials said.

Temperatures dipped into the 30s overnight, according to NBC4.

This story has been updated.