Missing San Diego hiker found injured in Joshua Tree

Posted at 7:50 PM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-16 02:17:41-04

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (KGTV) -- After four days alone in the desert, Paul Hanks was found injured - but alive - Thursday night. 

The 54-year-old went missing while hiking the Maze Loop on Sunday, March 11, The High Desert Star reports. He left San Diego on Sunday, but never checked into his hotel. 

The Maze Loop is the same trail where the bodies of Rachel Nguyen and Josseph Orbeso were found near last October, nearly three months after they were reported missing in July. 

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Hanks' pickup truck was found in the same parking lot as Nguyen and Orbeso. 

Just after 4 p.m. Thursday a member of the Joshua Park Search and Rescue team located Hanks, Gerorge Land, the park's public information officer said in a Facebook video

"It appears he fell about 20 feet," Land said. "He sustained some head injuries, we don't know the exact nature of all of his injuries...but he was conscious, he was talking to rescuers."

10News is working to learn more about Hanks' current condition. You can watch the interview with George Land below: