OC crews are searching for a 63-year-old man who went missing while hiking in Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea

BREA, Calif. (KABC)– Crews are searching for a 63-year-old hiker who went missing early Friday morning after hitting the trails at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Jeffrey Morton left his home in the town of Yorba Linda around 2:30 a.m. for a hike

Investigators said he usually gets home by 6 a.m., although he hasn’t been seen since.

Morton’s vehicle, a white 2004 Acura MDX, was found on the corner of Brea Hills Drive and Carbon Canyon Road across the street from the park, according to the sheriff’s department.

Authorities said he did not have a cellphone and his hiking route was not unknown.

“Jeffrey never failed to return home from a hike,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement. “Due to the circumstances, Jeffrey is considered a critically missing person.”

The Brea Fire Department received a call about Morton on Friday afternoon and initiated a rescue operation.

Crews have been scouring the area’s hills, but aerial surveillance hasn’t helped much as poor visibility complicates the effort.

According to investigators, Morton is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has light brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is urged to contact the OC Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7000.

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Laura Coffey

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