Authorities Call Off Search for Missing Va. Hiker

WEST AUGUSTA, Va. (AP) -- Authorities have called off the search for a Staunton man who went missing a week ago while hiking on Shenandoah Mountain.

Sixty-year-old Robert Fitzgerald dropped his cell phone while hiking on the Confederate Breastworks Trail with a friend on Nov. 11. Authorities believe he returned the next day to find the phone. He hasn't been seen since then.

A five-day search that began Thursday yielded no signs of Fitzgerald.

Billy Chrimes with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management says authorities decided Monday night to call off the search.


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