Authorities in Southern California are on the hunt for a young firefighter who went missing over the weekend when his dog ran off during a camping trip.
Michael Herdman, 36, a firefighter and paramedic from Arcadia, was hiking and camping in the mountains outside Fillmore on Friday night with fellow firefighter Taylor Byars when his pooch ran off, NBC Los Angeles reported.
Herdman and Byars went after the dog and became separated.
Byars eventually made his way back to their campsite, but Herdman never came back, the station said.
Byars, 27, looked for his pal for two days, but found no sign of him.
He hiked out of the mountains on Sunday and reported Herdman missing to authorities at around 8:40 p.m.
Herdman, a seven-year veteran of the Arcadia Fire Department, was wearing shorts, a T-shirt and no shoes at the time he went missing, the station said.
Ventura County search and rescue teams in helicopters and on horseback spent Monday searching the Los Padres National Forest for the missing husband and father. The search was set to continue Tuesday.
Foul play was not suspected, authorities said.
Arcadia Fire Chief Kurt Norwood told NBC he is holding out hope the rugged young firefighter is alive.
"It's tough on the department," Norwood told the station. "We believe Mike is doing well somewhere and we're waiting for the good news."