Posted 5:52 PM 7/28/2013 : Hiker rescued after three days with only a few scratches
TUCSON-A Texas man who was missing since Thursday in Southern Arizona has been reunited with his family.
54-year-old Scott Bertrand went for a hike on Mt. Lemmon Thursday.
When his wife didn't hear from him, she called 9-1-1.
Rescuers began searching for him through the weekend.
Sunday morning a rancher spotted him, called 9-1-1 and rescuers flew him to safety.
"Volunteers literally jumped for joy as deputies brought Scott Bertrand to the sheriff's department to be reunited with family.
"We utilized the sheriff's department helicopter to get him out of the field to take him down to Prison Camp where he met with deputies before being brought to the station to meet back with his family," said Jason Dowdy, supervisor of Pima County Sheriff's department Search and Rescue Unit.
Bertrand walked himself into the sheriff's department after paramedics cleared him.
He had no signs of major dehydration and came back with only a few scratches.
"He's in pretty good shape, so that's good news anyway," said Mike Jennings, volunteer with Southern Arizona Rescue Association.
Bertrand's family ran into the sheriff's department to reunite with Bertrand.
Bertrand told deputies he had been on the move since sun up until 8 p.m. each day moving north of his original location away from trails into more open areas.
"For the search teams that makes it a little bit more difficult because each day as they clear an area. We have to start back to square one the following day because he might still be moving around in that area," said Dowdy.
Dowdy said he does commend Bertrand for moving into the valley's water.
Recent monsoon storms left plenty of water for Bertrand to drink from and Dowdy said that played a big role in keeping Bertrand hydrated.
Posted 10:28 AM 7/28/2013 : UPDATE: Hiker found safe Sunday morning
UPDATE: 54-year-old Scott Bertrand has been located alive Sunday morning.He was reunited with his wife and family at the Pima County Sheriff's Department Rincon Substation.
Deputies say he was suffering from minor scratches, but in good condition otherwise.
Bertrand had been missing since setting out for a hike alone Thursday morning.
Stay with News 4 Tucson for updates on the missing hiker online and on-air.
TUCSON - Search and rescue teams continue the search for a 54-year-old man from Texas who went missing while hiking in Mt. Lemmon.
Scott Bertrand did not return on schedule after he went on a hike Thursday morning.
Search and rescue crews from the Pima County Sheriff's Department worked with the all-volunteer Southern Arizona Rescue Association to launch a full-scale search, including volunteers, canines and two helicopters.
Law enforcement used GPS data from Bertrand's phone to get a better picture of where to locate him.
However, at some point Friday, deputies "did not receive any further GPS coordinates from the phone" and believe the battery is dead or the phone is off.
Bertrand's car was located near the Green Mountain trail but the search includes a large area with tough terrain.
"This is just a real challenging area," said Mike Jennings, a volunteer member with SARA. "The primary search right now is quite a ways out, so it's just a lot of work to get out to the search area."
Weather has also become a factor for some volunteers as they have been forced to deal with rain and hail from recent storms.
"Time is always going to be a factor and one of the things that we pay attention to closely, mainly because we don't know how prepared he really was for this hike," said Deputy Jesus Banuelos.
Bertrand's wife told deputies that while she is worried, she full-heartedly believes her husband is a fighter and will be okay.
Search and rescue crews suspended the search Saturday evening as they planned how to tackle the efforts early Sunday morning.
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