SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KTVX) – A 17-year-old Fresno hiker missing Thursday after he did not return from a hike in a canyon near Salt Lake City, Utah, has been found alive, according to the Unified Police Department.
CBS affiliate KUTV-TV reported that officials say Nicolas was found without shoes or a coat and that he is “extremely lucky to be alive.”
He was approximately six miles up the canyon from where the Uber driver dropped him off on Thursday.
Nicolas had been in Millcreek Canyon for almost 30 hours before he was found.
He suffered frostbite on his feet and was transported to a local hospital.
The teen was in Utah for college applications.
Spokesman Ken Hansen said the hiker, only identified as Nicolas due to his age, was last heard from at 7 p.m. on Thursday and was reported missing after failing to meet a friend in Park City.
The hiker took an Uber to the canyon on Thursday at 9 a.m.
The teen was staying at an Airbnb in Salt Lake City, but police said they did not find him there when searching the residence.
Hansen said that Salt Lake Search and Rescue searched for the hiker all of Thursday night in the Rattlesnake Gulch area of Millcreek Canyon. Ground and aircrews were dispatched and are continuing the search for the hiker.
The Associated Press reported that Nicolas’ mother was traveling to Utah from Fresno.