TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Deputies with the Pima County Sheriff's Department are searching for a missing hiker on Mt. Lemmon.
PCSD believes 66-year-old Ron Hutter went missing on Tuesday, Nov. 15, according to Deputy Cody Gress.
Hutter was supposed to meet a friend on Mt. Lemmon on Monday, but never showed.
A fellow hiker discovered his car and belongings at milepost 17 of General Hitchcock Highway, near the Upper Green Mountain Trail.
One of his coworkers also told deputies that he missed a meeting.
Search crews suspended their search Tuesday evening at 5 p.m., but resumed the search Wednesday morning.
Surrounding agencies like the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and Border Patrol responded to the call for assistance. Search teams deployed K-9 units and aircraft to help with the search.
Approximately 15 trained volunteers from Southern Arizona Rescue Association joined the effort Wednesday, according to SARA spokeswoman Shelley Littin. She said that many volunteers is higher than a typical response during the week. She said some volunteers called off work to help with the search.
A plane will continue to fly over the Catalinas intermittently Wednesday night, according to Deputy Ryan Inglett with PCSD.
He said ground crews wrapped up their searches for the day as of Wednesday night, but the plane will keep this an active search..If the plane team notices anything unusual, it will notify a search and rescue deputy, according to Inglett.
Hutter is described as Caucasian, with black and grey hair. He is 5'9" tall and weighs about 160 pounds.
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