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JTNP News Release: Search Underway for Missing Namibia Hiker

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UPDATE: Hiker Found – According to a news release sent out by Joshua Tree National Park’s public information officer, George Land, Ndilula, a 31-year-old Namibian national, came in contact with campers Thursday morning and was brought to a Twentynine Palms restaurant. News Ch. 3 


Date: May 16, 2019
Contact: George Land, 760-367-5507
Search efforts are underway in the park for a hiker who was last seen around 2 pm, Wednesday afternoon. The subject is a 31 year old, male from Namibia named Deno Ndilula. Ndilula and a companion started out on the southern end of the Boy Scout Trail at approximately 8 am on May 15. The two became confused with the trail in the vicinity of the Willow Hole area and separated around 2 pm. Mr. Ndilula’s companion made it to Keys Ranch and used the emergency radio to call for assistance and park rangers were notified.Mr. Ndilula was able to call 911 on his cell phone at approximately 5:50 pm and searchers were able to pin-point where the signal originated however, searchers were hampered by dwindling daylight conditions and were forced to discontinue the search until 6 am on Thursday morning. No further communication has been received from the subject. Assisting in the search is the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department along with park rangers and Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue volunteers.

CONTACT THE PARK

Mailing Address:

74485 National Park Drive 
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597

Phone: (760) 367-5500

Anyone with information should also call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

Further reading of interest:  Wonderland Wash 
in Joshua Tree National Park – 

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