RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A hiker missing in the Cleveland National Forest since Sunday was found Wednesday, dehydrated and disoriented, but alive.
The 24-year-old hiker rented two cabins in the area, along with his grandmother, for a prayer retreat.
Ester Choi, who manages the Grace Retreat Center in Corona, says the hiker rented two cabins in the area, along with his grandmother, for a prayer retreat. People have been known to come from as far as Mexico to hike the mountain and pray, according to Choi.
“(His) grandma brought him, you know, to pray for him,” Choi said.
Choi went on to say that the man and his grandmother were there to pray about his health, stating that he has memory problems. Deputies followed up by saying that the man has a condition that requires him to take medication.
The man was found by a helicopter crew, who saw his leg poking out of the brush. He was severely dehydrated and hurt from a fall into a ravine.
“They were able to lift him out of there and currently he’s at a local hospital in stable condition,” Riverside County deputy Albert Martinez said.