The search for missing Joshua Tree hiker has been scaled back


After five days of searching for a Canadian man believed to be in Joshua Tree National Park, officials have reduced the number of resources for the search.

“While resource levels will be reduced, the incident will enter into a limited continuous search mode,” George Land, public information officer for Joshua Tree National Park, stated in a press release (via KESQ). “During this phase, searchers will continue to methodically search areas of high probability when sufficient resources are available.”

Paul Miller, 51, left to hike to 49 Palms Oasis on Friday and, when he didn’t return by noon, his wife notified park officials, according to the Desert Sun.

The search began at 12:30 pm and Miller’s vehicle was found at 49 Palms Oasis, reports Z107.7.

About three dozen searchers, along with K-9 units and a helicopter, combed the desert for Miller. He is described as a white man, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.

Anyone with info or who may have seen Miller should call (909) 383-5651.