2 Searches Ongoing For Hikers In NM

Oct 23, 2013

Authorities are continuing searches in northern and western New Mexico for two missing people.

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council said Wednesday that the Civil Air Patrol has been brought in to help with the searches.

Spokesman Dave Baldridge says Stephen Lockhart, 43, of Costa Mesa, Calif., became separated from fellow hikers during a five-mile hike Saturday in the Gila National Forest near Reserve.

Lockhart's father reported him missing and a search was initiated Sunday.

According to the Silver City Sun-News, nine different search teams have been going through mountainous terrain by horseback and plane.

Meanwhile, authorities are looking for Edward "Ned" Labjevardi north of Chama, near the Colorado state line.

KOB-TV reports that the 56-year-old Labjevardi became separated from his wife Oct. 15 after their car got stuck.

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