Missing Hiker Found After Four Days of No Food or Water

Members of the Malibu Search and Rescue Team during a rescue of a 30-year-old man who was lost hiking in Malibu for four days without food or water

After being reported missing, 30-year-old Marcelo Santos was found four days later by a rescue party led by the Malibu Search and Rescue Team.

Santos was reported missing by his mother on April 2, according to Deputy David Katz in a statement to The Acorn. He was last seen at Malibu Creek State Park around 4:30 p.m. April 1.

Santos suffered from a knee injury and lost his personal effects, including a backpack and cellphone. In a press conference, the 30-year-old said he continued to walk down the mountain until he could locate water. While he did find water here and there from streams, he went the four days primarily without food and water.

A number of local agencies—totalling around 100 personnel—assisted in the rescue, including Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, Ventura Search and Rescue, Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station, California State Parks, Altadena Mountain Rescue and LA County search dogs.

Santos made his way to the Salvation Army Camp Mt. Crags & Camp Gilmore at the park Wednesday evening, April 4.