Rescue teams in Arizona are “relentlessly” searching for a hiker who remains missing nearly a week after leaving his cellphone charging at a campground, authorities said Wednesday.

Jeffrey Stambaugh, 63, of Tucson, was last seen around 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Yavapai Campground within the Granite Basin Recreation Area in Prescott, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said.

Stambaugh had given his cell phone to the camp host so it could be charged but left without it, according to investigators.

After arriving in Prescott, Stambaugh had sent a text message to a friend in the area and asked if they’d like to meet up at some point. The friend later reported Stambaugh missing. 

The sheriff’s office received the missing persons report on Saturday and later found Stambaugh’s vehicle at the Metate Trailhead.

Search and rescue teams have used drones, helicopters, K-9, 4×4 and Off-Highway Vehicle units to scour “every trail and rugged wilderness area near and around the trailhead, Granite Basin, and Yavapai Campground,” the sheriff’s office said.

Stambaugh left his cell phone with the camp's host before going missing.
Stambaugh left his cell phone with the camp’s host before going missing.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has been "relentlessly" searching for Stambaugh using drones and helicopters among other methods.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has been “relentlessly” searching for Stambaugh using drones and helicopters among other methods.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Stambaugh had made reservations to stay at the campground from Sept. 27 through Sept. 29.

Authorities asked anyone with information about this case to call the sheriff’s office at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.



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