Hiker reported missing in crater

The search for Richard Scheidman, 67, of Lahaina, who had gone hiking in Haleakala Crater on Wednesday afternoon, was suspended Thursday afternoon with the search to pick up this morning, Haleakala National Park officials said.

Weather conditions had forced the suspension of helicopter operations and ground searchers had completed their assignments Thursday afternoon, said park officials.

Scheidman was reported missing by his wife Wednesday night after he did not return home from his hike, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the police Criminal Investigation Division. He said Scheidman began hiking around 5 a.m. on the Halemauu Trail and was expected home around 7 p.m.

When Scheidman did not return from the hike on the 5-mile-long trail, firefighters began searching for him around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Rego said. He said crews found Scheidman’s car in the parking lot fronting the trail with his cellphone on the front seat.

Upon finding the car, however, the search for Scheidman was called off until Thursday morning, due to darkness and limited visibility, Rego said.

Scheidman is in good physical health and an avid hiker, who trekked Halemauu Trail last week, Rego said. He said Scheidman suffers from bipolar disorder, but reportedly took his medication before going on the hike.