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Search suspended for hiker missing near Sedona

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Thomas Lang was supposed to return to an Oak Creek Canyon campground on Sunday. (Source: Coconino County Sheriff's Office) Thomas Lang was supposed to return to an Oak Creek Canyon campground on Sunday. (Source: Coconino County Sheriff's Office)

Yavapai County deputies said they have exhausted all leads in their efforts to find a 22-year-old hiker missing in the mountains near Sedona.

Authorities said Thomas Lang, who has been missing for more than a week, went into the woods for a planned five-day hike without a cell phone or food because he was fasting.

Thomas Lang's family told the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office he was fasting, but it's unclear if he began the fasting regimen on Dec. 18 or before.

He had plenty of water and is an experienced outdoorsman, his family said.

YCSO said 60 people, a canine team and the department's rescue helicopter covered a 30-square-mile search area on Thursday, along with rescue teams from the Maricopa and Coconino County sheriff's offices. About five miles of the search area consist of vertical canyons and extremely thick brush, said Dwight D'Evelyn of the YCSO.

On Christmas Day, more than 30 searchers and a dog team were looking for Lang, who was last seen at the Manzanita Campground in Oak Creek Canyon outside Sedona about 11 a.m. on Dec. 18. He was scheduled to return to the campground on Sunday.

Authorities said Lang's destination was along the Sterling Pass area of Oak Creek Canyon.

Lang is described as white, 6'1" tall, weighing 140 pounds with hazel eyes and blond dreadlocks. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark blue sweatshirt and was  carrying a red sleeping bag, white tarp, guitar and blue backpack.

D'Evelyn said the Coconino and Yavapai County sheriff's offices have received several calls indicating sightings of Lang in convenience stores or supermarkets in areas of both counties, but none panned out and officials don't believe Lang had left the search area.

Anyone with information about Lang and his whereabouts is asked to call the Coconino County Sheriff's Office at 800-338-7888 or Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at 928-771-3260.

Temperatures dropped into the 30s overnight in the area where Lang was believed to be hiking.

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