Lifei Huang, 22, has been missing since Sunday after embarking on a solo hike at about 2 p.m. local time, according to the sheriff's department
Friends and family of a California woman who went missing on Mount Baldy amid a strong weekend storm have hope that she is still alive.
Lifei Huang, 22, has been missing since Sunday after embarking on a solo hike at about 2 p.m. local time, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.
The woman was reported missing around 11 p.m. after she had “not been heard from since about 4 p.m.,” the department added.
Friend Cherry Li and cousin Ally Zhang were the last to hear from Huang on Sunday afternoon, according to ABC affiliate KABC-TV.
Li said Huang shared her plans to hike the mountain in a message she texted to a group of friends, CW affiliate KTLA reported. She sent a video to her boyfriend of herself approaching the parking lot at 2 p.m.
Huang also reportedly shared numerous videos on social media showing some of the adverse weather conditions she was hiking in. She stopped communicating about two hours later.
When Huang didn’t come home Sunday night, her friends were worried. Li said they attempted to reach the trailhead, but “couldn’t do anything” without “professional help,” according to KTLA.
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San Bernardino County search and rescue crews started their search for Huang around 2:30 a.m. on Monday.
Huang’s hat and camera bag have been found, KABC-TV reported, citing sources.
The missing woman's friends were able to nail down one of her locations from early in the hike using a ping from the “Find My Location” app, but Li said, “That’s all we have.”
It was not out of the ordinary for Huang to go hiking alone, Li said, per KTLA. However, she does not believe her friend had gone on trails during “snowy weather or rain” before Sunday’s hike.
Huang’s loved ones “are doing everything for her” and believe she could still be alive, said Zhang, according to KABC-TV.
“We never blamed her for doing this,” Zhang added. “We don't think that she wanted this to happen.”
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