App helps Alaska rescuers find lost Nevada man

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Updated: 1/23/2014 2:23 pm

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Alaska rescuers found a lost Nevada man after authorities helped him download a locator app on his cell phone.

The Ketchikan Daily News says 77-year-old Ed Leckey had started out on a short hike at Frog Pond Trail in the Ketchikan area Monday afternoon. But Leckey became lost after he turned off the main trail.

Searchers say Leckey called Alaska State Troopers that evening, but cell phone contact was intermittent. Also, concern for his phone battery life prompted a request that he shut it off and follow a communication schedule.

No trace of Leckey was found by 10 p.m., so a trooper dispatcher helped Leckey activate a GPS on his phone.

Rescuers found him just before midnight.

Troopers say no injuries were reported. Leckey's hometown was not disclosed.

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