Missing Hiker Located in Montgomery County
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX -- On September 15, 2020 shortly after midnight the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting a missing hiker in the National Forest. Friends of the missing man advised 26 year old Ryan Andrew is an accomplished hiker and left his home in Houston with his dog and provisions for a day of hiking on the Lone Star Hiking Trail System in North West Montgomery County. When the roommates were unable to contact Mr. Andrew late in the evening by phone, they drove from Houston to Montgomery County and located his car parked at the trail head parking lot.
MCTXSheriff Deputies responded, and with the help of a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter, searched the area but were unable to locate Mr. Andrew. Due to the late hour and darkness, a ground search was ruled out until first light. The following morning MCTXSheriff deputies, Montgomery Fire Department. Montgomery County Hospital District, Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 division, Texas Department of Public Safety. U.S. Forest Service and 18 volunteers with Montgomery County Search & Rescue all assisted in the search. At approximately 2:35 pm TDCJ blood hotrods located Mr. Andrew and his dog along with another male (33 year old Joshua Rojas) in the South Wilderness Trail/Little Lake Creek bottom area, about two miles off of the cut trail and approximately four miles from Trail Head #3 where they had parked the car.
The hikers indicated they got turned around late in the evening and ventured off the tail and lost their way. They stayed the night along Lake Creek drinking creek water to stay hydrated. We would like to thank all of our partners who worked tirelessly in this search, and specifically recognize the civilian volunteers with Montgomery County Search and Rescue Team [MOCSAR] who once again answered the call and provided invaluable help in this search.