Washington man missing on Camelback Mountain, police say

PHOENIX - Authorities continue to search for a 23-year-old Washington man who was last seen Saturday.

Phoenix police told ABC15 crews called off the search Monday due to high temperatures, but resumed at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

Eric Fernandes traveled to Phoenix with his father to visit with friends. After lunch Saturday, Eric said he was going to go on a hike.

Phoenix police said Fernandes has not returned and calls to his cell phone go unanswered.

Police attempted to retrieve a cell phone signal from Fernandes' phone, but that was unsuccessful.

Sgt. Trent Crump said Monday afternoon that Fernandes is believed to have been seen last Saturday afternoon at a sporting goods store.

A surveillance camera captured an image of an unknown individual that Fernandes is believed to have been with at the time.

His father and a friend told ABC15 that Fernandes is not a very experienced hiker.

In an interview Monday afternoon, Fernandes' dad said he wished there were more people searching for his son and pleaded with the public in a ground search of the area.

"If people can come and help be the eyes and ears it would help."

"I just want everybody to know that I want to take my son back to Seattle with me. Alive."

According to police, Fernandes was last seen wearing a short sleeved blue t-shirt with black shorts and black tennis shoes. He was also wearing a hydration backpack.

Fernandes' car was found at the Echo Canyon Trailhead parking lot on Sunday. 

Crump told ABC15 Fernandes' credit cards have not been used since purchasing water and a water pack apparently for the hike.

Camelback Mountain is still open to the public. Officials have posted flyers on the trail hoping hikers on the may be able to help locate him.

Anyone with information on the missing hiker or the individual he was last seen with is asked to contact Phoenix Police.

 

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