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A search continued Sunday for a bikini-clad Arizona woman who went missing Friday while hiking in the Mojave Desert, California officials say.

Barbara Thomas, 69, of Bullhead City, has no supplies or cell phone, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials wrote in a statement.

She was last seen wearing a black bikini, a red baseball cap and tan hiking boots with black socks while hiking with her husband, the release says.

The couple had been hiking in an area 20 miles north of Interstate 40 east of Kelbaker Road when they became separated at 2:30 p.m., deputies wrote.

A search on Saturday involved volunteers, deputies, park rangers, police dogs and helicopters, deputies wrote.

Temperatures in the eastern Mojave Desert are forecast to reach up to 106 degrees Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures as high as 105 degrees are expected this week.

The sheriff’s office asked that anyone with information contact the Colorado River Station at (760) 326-9200 or sheriff’s dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.
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