Missing Hiker Found in LA Park with His Dog, Alive, by His Side

The body of a 29-year-old hiker was found Thursday in a remote area of a park in Los Angeles with his dog next to him, authorities said.

Oscar Alejandro Hernandez was reported missing on March 16. He was found more than two weeks later in an area of Griffith Park relatively near where he was last seen, according to his family.

His loyal dog, King, was found next to his body — emaciated but still alive.

This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Police Departement shows Oscar Alejandro Hernandez.

One family member told NBC Los Angeles that the dog likely never left his owner’s side.

According to a missing person flier posted by his family, Hernandez was last seen in Griffith Park near the merry-go-round’s hiking trails.

Police say that King stayed next to the hiker’s body for 16 days, according to Fox Los Angeles.

Rescue teams were called to the scene around 7 p.m. on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, park rangers, as well as family members were all present at the rescue.

There’s no immediate word on the cause or manner of death. The L.A. County coroner’s office has yet to release any information about the incident.

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