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Father speaks out on search

April 03, 2013|From the Los Angeles Times
  • Russ Jack, Kyndall's father, far right, shares a hug as he waits for news about the two missing hikers in Trabuco Canyon on Tuesday.
Russ Jack, Kyndall's father, far right, shares… (KEVIN CHANG )

Searchers remained "upbeat" and "optimistic" Wednesday as they continued to scour Orange County's Trabuco Canyon for signs of two teenage hikers missing for days, one of the teen's fathers said.

Kyndall Jack, 18, and Nicholas Cendoya, 19, both of Costa Mesa, got lost on Easter Sunday, telling authorities late that evening that they were about a mile from their car in Holy Jim Canyon. Their cellphone lost power soon afterward, and no contact has been made since.

Jack's father told reporters Wednesday morning that dozens of friends and family were still combing the area. A sheriff's deputy called out on a loudspeaker: "Nicholas and Kyndall, this is the Orange County Sheriff's Department. We want to help you." 

AUDIO: Russ Jack Interview

"At this point, everybody's still upbeat, optimistic about finding the kids in good shape and alive," Russ Jack said.

Russ Jack said about 4:15 a.m., "little sparks" spotted on a hillside, "like a dead lighter trying to get somebody's attention."

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"It ended up being nothing," he said. "They already searched out as daybreak came."

Russ Jack ended the brief interview with a message for his daughter.

"Kyndall, I love you," he said.

This story was reported by Times Staff Writer Kate Mather.

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