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MISSION VIEJO (CBSLA.com) — Authorities have intensified their search for two hikers who went missing in Orange County after making brief contact with deputies.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports a break in the weather has aided the search in Holy Jim Canyon near Trabuco Canyon.

Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, told deputies they believed they were about one mile from their vehicle on Sunday night. (courtesy OCSD)

Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, told deputies they believed they were about one mile from their vehicle on Sunday night. (courtesy OCSD)

Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, both of Costa Mesa, contacted Orange County Sheriff’s deputies by cell phone around 8:30 p.m. Sunday asking for help in finding their way back to their car, but authorities were unable to pinpoint an accurate GPS location.

After losing contact with the hikers, reserve deputies searched overnight for the hikers in the area below Saddleback Peak, according to Landa.

A layer of fog prevented helicopter crews from reaching the search area on Sunday night.

Air and ground search crews continued operations through midday Monday and again Tuesday morning, but there has been no sign of the hikers, authorities said.

A Orange County Sheriff’s lieutenant told Landa she was optimistic the hikers would be found in relatively safe condition due to their young age and favorable weather.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these two individuals are requested to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000.

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