Palmdale hiker texted friend his phone was dying before becoming lost

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has asked hikers with experience in the Mount Waterman area of the San Gabriel Mountains to help locate a missing hiker from Palmdale.

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JOVANA LARA: The search continues for a man from Palmdale who disappeared while on a hike. The LA County Sheriff's Department search and rescue crews are looking near Angeles Crest Trail to find 45-year-old Rene Compean.

According to his roommate, Compean's car was found at the Buckhorn camping site.

The roommate says he received several text messages from Compean around 5:30 yesterday afternoon, saying he was lost and that his phone was dying.

Compean also managed to send a photo of his last known location. The Sheriff's Department is sharing this photo in hopes that other avid hikers might recognize that area and call them with information.