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Family says San Diego man missing on Mount Everest alive and well

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A San Diego native finally made contact with his sister through social media after going on a hike near Mount Everest. Stephen Kennedy's family said they were worried following the earthquake in Nepal.

Lea Kennedy, Stephen's sister, says her family in Jamul hasn't slept in days. They've been on edge after learning about the devastating earthquake and avalanches that happened near Mount Everest where Stephen had been hiking.

"I was just so ecstatic to hear that he was ok," says Lea.

Stephen's mother, Jill Kennedy, says, "The last thing I heard from him was on Facebook and that was on April 17th. He was in Kathmandu, headed to the base camp."

The 33-year-old Jamul native went hiking with his girlfriend, however, his sister says they broke up and she eventually flew to Turkey. Stephen continued his trip alone. According to his sister, he had been hiking to a lake near Everest when the earthquake happened. When he made it down from where he was hiking, he saw Nepal in ruins.

"He hiked down and saw what happened and realized the extent of the damage that had been done," says Lea.

Although their heartache is over, Lea hopes their story will inspire others who have loved ones in Nepal to never give up.

"I pray for all the families out there and I hope this gives them the same hope."

Lea says her brother has been backpacking for three years and plans to travel to Sydney for his birthday on May 7th.

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