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Missing hiker survives three nights on Mt. Lemmon

A 66-year-old Tucson man who got lost on a hike was found Thursday, after he spent three nights in the mountains north of Tucson. Ronald Hutter was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.

Hutter had planned to go hiking with friends on Monday, but did not arrive, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Hutter was found by a motorist on the highway up the mountain just before 6 p.m. on Thursday. He was taken to the home of one of PCSD's Mt. Lemmon deputies, and then to a hospital, Deputy Cody Gress said.

Authorities began searching for Hutter when he was reported missing about 5:30 p.m. Monday after he didn't now show up to go on a hike with friends. He has last been seen earlier in the day in Tucson, the deputy said.

Hutter's vehicle was found at milepost 17 of General Hitchcock Highway, near the Upper Green Mountain Trail. Camping gear was located inside, Gress said.

Hutter told authorities Thursday that he had intended to go on a short hike on that trail, but became lost.

Hutter made fires at night to stay warm, Gress said.

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Ronald Hutter.