Hundreds join search for missing O.C. hikers

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Parents of missing hiker

Dawn and Russ Jack await word about their daughter, Kyndall Jack of Costa Mesa.

TRABUCO CANYON, Calif. — Hundreds have shown up to search for two Costa Mesa hikers missing in Trabuco Canyon, according to a friend of one of the families.

Kendall Jack, 18, and Nicholas Cendoya, 19, called authorities about 8:25 p.m. Sunday, saying they were lost but that they thought they were about a mile away from their car, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Their cellphone battery apparently ran out after the call.

“We’re just walking and looking for any signs,” said Angela Jackson-Brunning, who is friends with Jack’s mom, Dawn Jack.

Jackson-Brunning says the family is coping right now.

Search and rescue vans full of people have arrived in the area. Dozens of teens — some wearing Estancia High School sweaters and at least one in Costa Mesa High School gear — walked up to the trailhead, while others headed up in SUVs and trucks. Two helicopters circled overhead.

Dawn Jack had sent out a text message to friends Tuesday, seeking help in searching for the two Mesa alums, according to Newport Mesa school board trustee Katrina Foley.

A Facebook page called Costa Mesa Search Party has since been created, with many people posting to coordinate rides to the trailhead.