A 23-year-old hiker went missing after texting a friend that he had reached the summit of the mountain

Authorities in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park have launched a search operation for a 23-year-old hiker who failed to return from his attempt to reach the summit of Longs Peak on Sunday.

Lucas Macaj, a resident of Colorado Springs, was due to return late on Sunday. The last communication received from him was a text message sent around 1 p.m. on Sunday, where he informed a friend that he had successfully reached the summit of Longs Peak.

Macaj’s vehicle was discovered parked at the Longs Peak Trailhead in the early hours of Monday.

On Sunday, Rocky Mountain National Park reported that powerful storms had swept through the park’s high elevations.

Macaj is wearing a dark-colored top, along with tan or brown pants, khaki-colored boots, and carrying a black backpack. He stands at approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs around 155 pounds.

A dedicated team of search and rescue professionals is actively searching for Macaj on the ground and in the air.

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