Deputies Find Hiker Reported Missing on Iron Mountain

By Elena Gomez and R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, May 1, 2013  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
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Missing Hiker Found Safe

NBC 7 San Diego

Ocampo was all smiles after he made it down Iron Mountain Wednesday morning.

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Missing Hiker Found Safe

Deputies were called around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to help look for 22-year-old Luis Ocampo. NBC 7's Elena Gomez talks with San Diego County sheriff's spokesperson Jan Caldwell at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
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San Diego County sheriff’s deputies found a missing hiker uninjured on Iron Mountain in Poway.

Deputies were called around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to help look for 22-year-old Luis Ocampo.

Ocampo went hiking alone around 1 p.m. Tuesday and did not come home. His car is still parked at the trailhead along Highway 67 at Poway Road.

Around 6:30 a.m., deputies told NBC 7 Ocampo was found safe.

According to SDSO spokesperson Jan Caldwell, Ocampo was found near the summit. He had apparently run out of daylight and did not have mobile phone coverage so he decided to stay put, Caldwell said.

"Darkness fell upon me and I couldn't see and I was just using my lighter and my camera to find my way," Ocampo said. "In the morning I was half way there, found these guys, these guys were yelling at me."

Ocampo went on to say that his phone died and decided to wait it out under a rock.

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