POWAY (CNS) - Hundreds of recreational hikers at Iron Mountain near Poway were asked Sunday to keep their eyes open for a missing man, San Diego County sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies and 25 volunteers, with the help of a sheriff's helicopter, searched a 50-square mile area on Friday and Saturday for Dan Hoff, 43, of La Mesa, according to Sgt. Don Parker.

No active search was planned for Sunday, but "we are definitely not done looking for him," Parker said.

Hoff was last seen during a family dinner on Monday, and was reported missing Thursday after failing to show up for work. On Friday, deputies found Hoff's truck on Poway Road and State Route 67 at the base of Iron Mountain, said sheriff's Lt. David Gilmore.

As Hoff lives in La Mesa, police there were in charge of the missing persons case, and the department was looking at multiple angles of the investigation.

Parker told the San Diego Union-Tribune that it was unknown if Hoff was dressed for weather that dipped into the 30s overnight and hit only about 57 during the day.

"If Mr. Hoff was in shorts and a T-shirt, he could be hypothermic pretty quickly right after the sun goes down," Parker said. "He might be able to survive only one night. If he was well-dressed, maybe four or five days."


SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Sheriff's Deputies continue the search for a missing La Mesa man Saturday after finding his car in Poway.

43-year-old Dan Hoff was last seen Monday and reported missing on Friday at 11 a.m.

On Saturday, his car was found at the base of Iron Mountain on Poway Road and Highway 67 at 3:07 a.m.

Twenty-five volunteers from the Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SAR) Division are searching the trail with four search and rescue K]9s. Sheriff's ASTREA is also above the area to help with the search. The search is being conducted in conjunction with the La Mesa Police Department.