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Authorities suspend search for missing hiker in Sedona

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SEDONA, Ariz. -

Authorities say they are suspending the search for a hiker who has been missing for more than a week in northern Arizona.

Coconino County sheriff's officials say 22-year-old Thomas Lang was last seen Dec. 18 at the Manzanita Campground in Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona.

He was supposed to return to the campground Sunday night, but when his family went to pick him up, he never showed.

According to CCSO, Lang wanted to spend some time alone and went on the hike by himself without a cell phone.

The search effort was put on hold late on Thursday after crews from the search had not been able to find Lang.  Temperatures have dipped into the 20s in recent nights.

"We're concerned about the potential that he may have fallen victim to some type of accident or exposure.  We've obviously had extremely cold temperatures.  The night time lows have been down around the 20s and then we had the storm that came in.. snow storm [Dec. 19] and [Dec. 20] and substantial amount of snow and moisture," said CCSO's Rex Gilliland.

Officials say Lang was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt and blue jeans -- not ideal for handling temperatures in the 20s.  He was also carrying a red sleeping bag, a white tarp, a guitar and a blue backpack.

If you have any information on Lang's whereabouts, you're asked to call the Coconino County Sheriff's Office at (928) 774-4523 or (800) 338-7888.

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