California hiker found dead along with his dog, who barely managed to survive after two weeks of searching

The disappearance of the victim occurred on March 16 at dawn – Photo: LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT/Courtesy

Authorities from Los Angeles, California, reported the discovery of a lifeless hiker. His body was accompanied by his dog, who was able to survive after being missing for two weeks, according to multiple reports.

The body of 29-year-old Oscar Alejandro Hernandez was found Thursday night in the remote area of ​​Griffith Park, NBC Los Angeles reported.

Hernandez had been reported missing since March 16 in the hills above Griffith Park around 2:30 am local time, a Los Angeles Police Department missing persons report said.

Next to Hernandez’s body, his dog, “King”, a golden retriever looking tired and hungry after being rescued.

In the statements taken by NBC Los Angeles, the victim’s cousin maintained that “King” was by Hernandez’s side at all times. A shared Twitter video features the dog in the back of a truck the night he was found dead.

The Los Angeles Fire Department joined police, park rangers and family members of Hernandez at the location where the hiker was found. The cause of death is yet to be revealed and how the body was discovered remains to be clarified.

Family members and the LAPD reported prior to the discovery that Hernández was driving a red 2004 Ford Explorer pickup, with California license plate 7UVP993, Univisión reported.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department search and rescue team used a helicopter to remove the victim’s body from a steep hillside, where it was found.

At the moment, the authorities carry out an investigation into the death of Hernández. Authorities asked anyone with information to contact the LAPD, KABC reported.

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