Searchers find missing hiker in Superstition Mountains

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Missing hiker found in Superstition Mountains - Search and rescue teams have found a missing hiker in the Superstition Mountains this morning.

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MARICOPA COUNTY -- Search and rescue teams have found a missing hiker in the Superstition Mountains this morning.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the man has diabetes, but he does have his medication with him.

While deputies have not released the man's name, they have told 3TV that he is 31 years old and he is an experienced hiker, going out two to three times a month.

The man was supposed to come back Thursday night. When he didn't show up, his wife called authorities.

The man's wife and family found his vehicle in the parking lot at First Water Trail/Superstition Springs.

Lindsey Smith of MCSO said the man's father, who had gone out to look for his son, flagged down searchers.

Smith said the hiker might have a broken wrist and a leg injury, but those do not appear to be life-threatening.

According to Smith, the man is in an area that's very difficult to get to so crews are going to have to be dropped in by helicopter and then hike over to where he is. After that, rescuers will strap the man into a safety basket and he will be air-lifted out.