Search for missing man in Oak Creek Canyon abandoned

langThe search for Thomas Lang has been suspended by both the Coconino and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Offices. All leads have been exhausted and no additional clues were discovered during the intense area search that began on December 22.

The search effort for 22-year-old Thomas Lang was concentrated around the Oak Creek Canyon area of Coconino County. Early on December 22nd, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies and search teams joined Coconino County Sheriff’s personnel in the search for Lang.

This included air search support from DPS Ranger and YCSO’s Rescue 1 Helicopter.

Both agencies have received calls regarding sightings of Lang in and around the target search area. So far, none of the information has led to Lang.

Lang was dropped off at the Manzanita Campground by his father around 11 AM on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. He was expected to return mid-morning on Sunday, December 22, 2013, and when he failed to show, his family contacted the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. Lang is not carrying a cell phone and has no known medical issues. According to family members, he did not take any food but did have a supply of water. Lang has hiked this area before and has some outdoor survival experience. His destination was along the Sterling Pass area of Oak Creek Canyon.

Thomas was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark blue sweat shirt and carrying a red sleeping bag, a white tarp, a guitar and a blue backpack. He is 6 ft. 1 inches and weighs 140 lbs.

The family was briefed immediately regarding this decision. The Sheriff’s Departments will continue to follow any leads that come into either agency.

Anyone with information regarding Lang’s whereabouts is asked to call either the Coconino or Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office or 911. Coconino Sheriff – 1-800-338-7888 / Yavapai Sheriff – 928-771-3260.

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