A hiker missing in the Los Angeles area has been found dead after two long weeks.
Body of Oscar Alejandro Hernandeza 29-year-old from the Los Angeles area, discovered last Thursday night in a remote area of Griffith . Park in the southern California city. He is believed to have been hiking in the park when he first went missing, in the middle of last month.
Shockingly, Hernandez’s dog King, a golden retriever, was discovered lying next to the man when officers and first responders arrived on the scene. The dog went hiking with Hernandez, and apparently waited by his side during the two weeks he was missing – and it turned out to be dead – waiting for its owner to wake up.
A truly heartbreaking image…
According to a police report shared by the LAPD with NBC Los Angeles and KABCHernandez first went missing around 2:30 p.m. local time on March 16. He was last seen in a swing at an outdoor area in Griffith Park, according to police.
Griffith Park is famous but huge. Hernandez’s body was found “a long way from where he was last seen,” according to NBC LA reported, citing a firefighter for information. The Los Angeles Fire Department, rangers, police and several of Hernandez’s relatives all gathered at the site where the last hiker was placed Thursday night.
The cause of death has not yet been made public, and it is unclear at this time how his body was first discovered in a remote area of the park. However, he was in such a dangerous area that police had to contact the LA County Sheriff’s Department to deploy a Search and Rescue team helicopter to remove Hernandez’s body. hills safely. Now, an investigation is underway into the events leading up to his death.
Hernandez’s cousin confirmed to local television news outlets that King was found lying next to the man when he was discovered. The dog appeared tired and hungry when it was rescued. Poor good boy…
Footage from LA Traffic News (below) shows the seemingly healthy and alert dog sitting in the back of a truck later in the night of the same day when Hernandez was discovered:
Our hearts go out to Hernandez’s family, friends and loved ones as they deal with the aftermath of his tragic, unexpected death and to the sweet dog who stayed through the ordeal. challenge.