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SEARCH FOR HIKER CONTINUES RESCUERS REMAIN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT CHANCES OF FINDING VALLEY TEEN.

Byline: Jason Kandel Staff Writer

San Bernardino search teams pressed on Wednesday, expressing optimism they would find Woodland Hills teen William Parven, who has been lost since Sunday in the rugged, steep terrain of the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

William, 16, disappeared Sunday while hiking with his father and 12- year-old sister along the steep Vivian Creek approach to San Gorgonio Peak.

With the help of a dog sniffing the ground and helicopters overhead, teams of deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, volunteers and family members continued their search on horseback and on foot into the night Wednesday.

``We have hopes of finding him,'' said Sgt. Frank Gonzales of the Sheriff's Department. ``We're positive because he has four to five bottles of water to sustain himself, he has a little bit to eat - a granola bar - and he is experienced.

``Our concern is that he is safe and not hurt, that way he would then be able to care for himself, and look for shelter.''

Officials expected to call in additional deputies today, adding up to 70 searchers walking the trails and retracing William's footsteps in an effort to find him.

Deputies received a glimmer of hope late Tuesday when they got a report from a hiker who said he heard someone yelling for help several days ago.

Crews searched the area, reported to be the Heart Bar Campground, an area that searchers had already combed, but found nothing.

``That report did not pan out,'' said Chip Patterson of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. ``There is still no sign of William.''

William, his sister and father had sought to tackle San Gorgonio Peak, also known as Old Grayback, the highest peak in the San Gorgonio Wilderness at 11,502 feet.

The trio set out for the mountain early Sunday, and by the afternoon, the father became too tired to go on, so he and his daughter stopped. William continued on, after agreeing to meet them at a planned location before sundown.

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