Missing Colorado Hiker Didn't Answer Phone, Thought It Was a Scammer

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A hiker in Colorado went missing last week. And the reason no one could find them is pretty stupid . . . but also relatable.

They were hiking near Mt. Elbert, about 100 miles southwest of Denver. Someone reported them missing when they didn't show up by nightfall.

So a search-and-rescue team went looking but couldn't find them. They even tried calling the person's phone several times, but no one answered. And that's the relatable part.

It turned out the hiker was lost, but fine. And the reason they didn't answer their phone was . . . they didn't recognize the number and assumed it was a SCAMMER.

They found their own way back about 24 hours after they left, and had no idea anyone was looking for them.

Search-and-rescue officials posted about it on Facebook to make sure it doesn't happen again.

They said if you're out hiking and get lost overnight, you should answer your phone . . . even if you don't recognize the number.

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