Missing Phoenix hiker Vince Scalise found dead in California wilderness

Posted at 6:05 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 00:36:58-05

The body of a missing Arizona hiker was found Monday during search and rescue efforts at California's Sequoia National Park.

Crews began mobilizing Sunday to search for 41-year-old Vince Scalise of Phoenix.

Scalise's father said people were praying all weekend for Vince's safe return.

"Everybody that we know, everybody that our friends know, everybody was saying prayers," Mike Scalise said.

The National Park Service says Vince was supposed to return from a five-day backpacking trip on Wednesday, but hadn't been seen. The park service says it was notified about Scalise on Saturday night.  Vince was supposed to be back in Phoenix for Thanksgiving, his father said.