MFD searches for missing hiker on Maui after 1 found dead

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WAIKAMOI, Hawaii (KHON2) — Crews from Maui Fire Department (MFD) continued searching for a missing California hiker on Tuesday, March 2, two days after discovering the body of another missing hiker from New Mexico.

The hikers were first reported missing after embarking on a hike near Waikamoi Trail on Saturday, Feb. 27.

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MFD officials said, an investigation revealed the two individuals went hiking to look at a waterfall around 1:45 p.m. Saturday. Their waiting party called emergency officials when the hikers did not return by 4:30 p.m.

MFD personnel located the body of one of the hikers on Sunday, Feb. 28, in the ocean about 50 yards offshore. Officials identified the deceased as 27-year-old Angelo Ruiz, of New Mexico. MFD said, the body was found about a half-mile west of the waterfall that flows into the ocean.

A GoFundMe account for the Ruiz family can be found here.

An MFD news release during the evening of Tuesday, March 2, stated that the Department terminated the search in Waikamoi after another full day of comprehensive search efforts.

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