California police say missing hiker who vanished 'in her bikini' was NOT abducted

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The Californian police force searching for a missing grandmother whose husband says she vanished 10 days ago in her bikini while they were out hiking has dismissed his hypothesis that she was abducted.

Barbara Thomas, 69, has not been seen since July 12 when she vanished in the Mojave Desert while hiking with her husband Robert.

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He says she turned a corner while he stopped to take a photograph and simply disappeared.

Robert has also claimed that he was interviewed by police, failed a polygraph test about his wife's disappearance and was told that he was 'deceptive'.

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He believes someone abducted his wife because she was in a bikini and carrying a beer, he said during an interview last week.

But as the search for Barbara entered its 10th day on Monday amid sweltering heat in the Californian and Arizona desert, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department dismissed the idea that she had been taken.

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'We don't think she was abducted. It's a very remote area. There's no evidence to suggest she was abducted,' spokeswoman Jodi Miller told

The notion that Barbara may have been abducted became public after a different hiker, Shirley Powell, who was missing for days in a different national park 300 miles away, was rescued. After being found, she described being chased by a knife-wielding man.

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But sheriffs say it is unlikely the same man she described has gone after Barbara.

'When that information started coming out about [the other woman], that's what created the speculation [that Barbara had been abducted] but our investigation does not indicate any signs that she was abducted,' Miller said.

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As temperature soared to 100F over the weekend, dozens of searchers went out in the morning to try to find Barbara.

They have so far not found a trace of her.

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