Student goes missing while hiding final clue in scavenger hunt

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The search is on for a college student missing for more than a week after he set off alone to set up a scavenger hunt.

Hunter Lewis, 21, from Blue Lake in California, has been missing since December 30 after he used a canoe to travel to Flatiron Rock in the Trinidad area to hide the final treasure.

Mr Lewis posted on his Instagram account on December 27: “tomorrow is the hunt”. He had spent almost two years planning the hunt, The LA Times reported.

Hunter Lewis, 21, is pictured.
Hunter Lewis, 21,went missing on December 30. Source: Fox 11

The activity was for family and friends to solve with a range of clues, including one in braille, Times-Standard reported.

But hope is dwindling that the 21-year-old will be found alive.

Mr Lewis’s dad Corey told Fox News pieces of the canoe were found in Trinidad Bay. Also located was a box he gave his son as a child after he solved his first scavenger hunt. He believes the boat capsized.

"What he did was so epic, but I didn’t want him to become the treasure I had to find," he told Fox News.

Crews search the Flatiron Rock area, northwest of Trinidad Head.
Crews search the Flatiron Rock area, northwest of Trinidad Head for Mr Lewis on Wednesday. Source: Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

He still holds hope his son will be found. Corey wrote on Facebook “there is always hope”.

“He loved physics and would tell you that the only constant in the universe is change and because things are always changing that means there is always hope they can change for the better. There is always change. There is always hope,” he wrote.

Humboldt Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Samantha Karges told the Times-Standard that based on what police have found so far, an underwater search has been deemed necessary.

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