Updated: Rescue Teams Find Missing Man on Altadena Trail

Akiva Estersohn, 48, was found by search and rescue teams three days after he was last seen. Officials discovered his car at Chaney Trail in Altadena and are searching the surrounding areas to find him.

Updated:  Search and rescue teams located a man in the Chaney Trail area Sunday night who had last been seen on Thursday, according to Sheriff's Lt. Marjory Jacobs of .

Akiva Estersohn, 48, was found stuck in a gully not far from the trail head, injured, but not in serious condition, according to Jacobs.  Search and rescue teams were helping him walk out on Sunday night, Jacobs said.

Estersohn was reported missing in Los Angeles.  His family, knowing he was an avid hiker, asked police to search all the trail heads in the foothill areas to see if he might have gone hiking.  His vehicle was found in the Chaney Trail area on Sunday.

The search began around 5:15 p.m. Sunday and was concluded by 10 p.m.  Estersohn had a head injury, some abrasions on his legs, and is "tired and disoriented," but not seriously injured, according to Jacobs.

He fell about 12 feet and hit his head and was unable to climb back out of the gully.

Members from the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team found Estersohn, according to Jacobs.

Volunteers from the Hatzolah of Los Angeles Emergency Rescue Team and Chaverim of Los Angeles assisted in the search as well.

Original: Sheriff's search and rescue teams from Altadena, Montrose and Sierra Madre are searching the Chaney Trail area in Altadena for a 48-year-old man who was last seen Thursday somewhere in LAPD's Wilshire Community Division, according to sheriff's officials. 

Authorities found Akiva Estersohn's gold, 2001 Honda Accord at the Chaney Trail campground parking lot, north of West Alta Loma Drive in Altadena, Sheriff's Lt. Marjory Jacobs of told Patch. 

Estersohn is described as 48 years old, about 6 feet tall, blond with thinning hair and the beginning of a beard.  

The search began about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Jacobs said. About 20 people from the Altadena, Montrose and Sierra Madre search and rescue teams are looking for Estersohn. 

Sheriff's Air 5 is also circling the canyon in the search for Estersohn.

Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD's Wilshire Station at (213) 473-0476; or Rabbi C. Fasman at (323) 931-9431 or mobile at (323) 470-2407. 

Check back with Patch for updates. 

Dan Abendschein March 23, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Oh and regarding the El Prieto bit - I read it and I believe what I was trying to say was that it was open up to Brown Mountain and closed below. It is kind of confusing because at what point I say it is closed up to Brown Mountain, but that is in the section heading about Switzer Falls - I think I was describing the trails from Highway 2 down, and that's why I said it was closed (down) to the Brown Mountain Road intersection. Not the best way to describe it for sure.
Akiva Estersohn March 23, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Oh! My reading comprehension is also taking a hit. Got it. You were very helpful just when we thought we were stuck. Thank you.
Revvell March 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I'm sure the folk you left the gifts to were very appreciative. Methinks they don't receive enough thanks for what they do out there, so, thank YOU from me!
Akiva Estersohn March 23, 2012 at 03:11 PM
They not only "don't receive enough thanks for what they do out there," there aren't enough words in the language to thank them for what they do. Ours was probably a greater attempt in that direction than most, I imagine. Thank YOU for facilitating.
Revvell March 23, 2012 at 03:39 PM
This is true and it was my privilege.


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