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Nicholas Cendoya, Kyndall Jack Missing: Search Teams Hunt For California Teens

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Authorities said they have "high hopes" of finding two teen hikers who were reported missing Monday night in Holy Jim Canyon near Trabuco Canyon in Orange County, Calif.

KCAL reports that Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, called Orange County Sheriff’s deputies to ask for help finding their way back to their car, but their cell phones lost power before authorities could pinpoint their location.

At first, fog hampered rescue efforts by preventing air search teams. But by Monday the weather had improved and Lt. Erin Gudice told City News Service Monday that she was optimistic the teens would be located.

"We have a new search team that’s just been deployed and it looks like we’re getting a break in the weather so I believe we’ll be getting (another) helicopter up,” Gudice said. “We have very high hopes that we’ll be finding them shortly… The weather is on our side today.”

KABC reports that officials believe the teens must have wandered off the "well marked" trail they were on.

"I just hope that she's found," Jack's mother, Dawn told the station. "She's not a very experienced hiker."

Anyone with information on the missing teens is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000.

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