Hiker missing - left Flagstaff 6/27/10 for Yuma

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Hiker missing - left Flagstaff 6/27/10 for Yuma

Post by Al_HikesAZ » Jul 03 2010 2:23 pm

Man on coast-to-coast hiking trip missing in AZ
The Associated Press Posted: 07/03/2010 01:29:25 PM PDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—A man on a cross-country hiking trip from Florida to San Diego to raise money for cancer research has gone missing in Arizona.
Police say Salvatore Pascarelli of Brooksville, Fla. last talked to his girlfriend on June 27. He told her he was leaving Flagstaff in northern Arizona the next day and heading to Yuma, which is on the U.S.-Mexico border and on the way to San Diego.

Pascarelli, who is in his late 40s, carries a GPS locator that stopped working around 9:30 p.m. June 27. Flagstaff police also say his cell phone has either been turned off or lost power.

Pascarelli's family says he's kept in regular contact since he began his journey and that it's extremely strange they haven't heard from him.
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Re: Hiker missing - left Flagstaff 6/27/10 for Yuma

Post by kevinweitzel75 » Jul 03 2010 3:48 pm

Heard about this on the news. Hopefully he's found soon, or is just out of contact for a while. :(
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Re: Hiker missing - left Flagstaff 6/27/10 for Yuma

Post by big_load » Jul 03 2010 3:55 pm

Do you suppose he was headed down 89A?

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Re: Hiker missing - left Flagstaff 6/27/10 for Yuma

Post by joebartels » Jul 03 2010 3:58 pm

Didn't some guy going cross country asking how to get to Yuma a while back?
I couldn't find it, seems like azbackpackr responded. Must be something else
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Re: Hiker missing - left Flagstaff 6/27/10 for Yuma

Post by SuperstitionGuy » Jul 03 2010 7:01 pm

JOe, were you referring to this fellow - http://www.hikearizona.com/dex2/viewtop ... =13&t=4742
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Re: Hiker missing - left Flagstaff 6/27/10 for Yuma

Post by azbackpackr » Jul 03 2010 7:06 pm

Even if he did not meet with foul play, I can't think of a worse time of year to try to hike to Yuma. The only way that would have enough water is if you were walking along the Colorado River the entire distance. But you'd have to get to the river from Flag.
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Post by joebartels » Jul 03 2010 8:01 pm

@SuperstitionGuy
yes I think that was the one, thx
Guess we can scratch him off the list.
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Post by big_load » Jul 03 2010 8:09 pm

This initially confused me, because our local paper had a feature today on a Jersey guy hiking west to east across the US. However, he finished AZ a while ago and is now halfway across NM.

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Re: Hiker missing - left Flagstaff 6/27/10 for Yuma

Post by big_load » Jul 03 2010 9:31 pm

He showed up OK in Las Vegas.
7/03/2010 Update: We are happy to report that Sal has been located in Las Vegas, NV today. He is fine and doing well. During his walk, he has experienced a lot of heel pain and problems associated with his feet. Also, along his trip, he has had technical issues with his GPS. While he was in Flagstaff, he made the decision to take a bus to Las Vegas since he has relatives there, to try to give his feet some time to recuperate. His cell phone became completely disabled due to the fact that it had gotten wet while in Flagstaff, so he was unable to communicate with family and friends about the decision to first head to Las Vegas rather than Yuma, AZ. Once the phone dried out and became functional again today, he had no idea that he was reported missing. I will post on the web site when he is able to continue on his journey to San Diego. Thank you, Denise Oakes
His web site: http://www.hikingforacause.com/index.htm

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Re: Hiker missing - left Flagstaff 6/27/10 for Yuma

Post by Grasshopper » Jul 03 2010 9:46 pm

big_load wrote:He showed up OK in Las Vegas.
Great news! I was worried he may have decided on the AZT route south to Yuma via our Mazatzal Wilderness.. :sweat:
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Post by chumley » Jul 03 2010 11:13 pm

His cell phone became completely disabled due to the fact that it had gotten wet while in Flagstaff, so he was unable to communicate with family and friends
Oh, if only land-line phones still existed!
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Post by kevinweitzel75 » Jul 04 2010 10:14 am

:y:
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Re: Hiker missing - left Flagstaff 6/27/10 for Yuma

Post by sherileeaz » Jul 09 2010 10:52 am

Did they find him?
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Post by Al_HikesAZ » Jul 09 2010 10:57 am

sherileeaz wrote:Did they find him?
Yes. See Big_load's post above
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Re: Hiker missing - left Flagstaff 6/27/10 for Yuma

Post by PatrickL » Jul 09 2010 5:27 pm

Good to hear everything turned out okay.

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