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MCSO: Hiker did not return from Weaver's Needle area in Tonto National Forest

Khayman Welch
Posted at 6:13 AM, Aug 13, 2020

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, AZ — Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials are looking for a hiker who did not return from an outing in the Tonto National Forest.

Khayman Welch, 25, was reportedly last seen around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday walking southeast from the parking area at Weaver’s Needle Vista Viewpoint.

Officials were told by family that Welch wanted a better view of the sunset so he began walking down the trail towards Weaver’s Needle, but did not return.

He is said to be an experienced outdoorsman, but did not have food or water with him.

He is described as being 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with short brown hair and hazel eyes.

He was wearing a black t-shirt with a Ghostbusters image, black jeans and Army-style boots. He has full sleeve tattoos on both arms.

Khayman Welch