NEWCOMB — Three days of searching has failed to find a 28-year-old New Jersey man who is missing in a remote section of the Adirondack Mountains.

Authorities said Alex Stevens of Hopewell hasn't been seen since other hikers encountered him last Saturday evening at the base of Wallface Mountain, in Essex County about 10 miles south of Lake Placid.

State forest rangers said Stevens set out last week for what was supposed to be a three-day hike in the High Peaks Wilderness, home to New York's highest mountains. Officials say he apparently wasn't properly equipped for such an outing.

Friends in New York City reported him missing when he failed to meet up with them.

More than two dozen forest rangers and volunteers and state police helicopters are participating in the search.

— The Associated Press

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