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Eastern Sierra Forum / Missing Hiker Alert 5/27/18
« on: May 27, 2018, 05:22:54 PM »

Park Rangers are seeking information from the public to aid in the search for a missing hiker, 67-year-old Stephen McGuire, from Washington. Mr. McGuire has been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail northwards since March, and uses the trail name “Bible.” He was last seen near Kearsarge Pass in Kings Canyon National Park on Friday, May 18th, by another hiker who noted with concern that Mr. McGuire seemed tired and low on food. He was reported missing to the US Forest Service on Wednesday, May 23rd.

Mr. McGuire has not yet collected his next planned food resupply, located in Mammoth, CA. His previous resupply would have lasted him until approximately May 22nd. While Mr. McGuire is an experienced hiker, he is not familiar with the area, and higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada have experienced winter storm conditions in recent days.

Mr. McGuire is 5’6” tall, athletically built, Caucasion, and has black hair and a beard, both partially gray. He is outfitted with a black puffy jacket (pictured), and believed to be carrying a green backpack and green tent.

Personnel from the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are currently working with Inyo National Forest and the NPS Investigative Services Branch to gather information that will aid in the search for Mr. McGuire. If you have any information, or if you have hiked between Mt. Whitney and Reds Meadow since Thursday, May 10th, whether or not you think you saw Mr. McGuire, please call the tipline at 888-653-0009.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Missing Person Alert Yosemite 1/11
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:06:45 PM »

Yosemite NP:

Name: Maximillian "Max" L. Schweitzer

If you think you might have any information regarding Max, especially if you hiked on the (upper) Yosemite Falls Trail January 1–3, 2018, please call 209/379-1992.

Max is a 41-year-old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5 ft. 8 in. tall, and weighs 185 pounds. His last known clothing is a light-colored long-sleeve shirt or sweatshirt, light-colored shorts (not pictured), and a dark-colored backpack. His rental car was found at Camp 4 parking on January 5, 2018, after it was reported overdue by the rental agency.

Eastern Sierra Forum / 11/22 Missing Person Alert
« on: November 27, 2017, 01:17:08 PM »
Yosemite NP:
If you were in the area of Glacier Point on Wednesday, November 22 OR have any information about Gerardo, please call 209/379-1992.
Gerardo is a Hispanic male who is 18 years old, 5 ft 7 in tall, and weighs 120 pounds. He has a tattoo on his right wrist. He was last seen wearing white “Nike Air Force 1” sneakers. Gerardo was last seen in the morning on 11/22/2017 in Santa Barbara, and his vehicle was found in the evening on 11/22/2017 at Glacier Point.

Update 11/27:
SAR is still searching between Taft and Glacier Point, and down towards Illilouette Falls bridge. He was alone, no evidence that he was planning an overnight trip. Any information you may have, please call: 209/379-1992.

Eastern Sierra Forum / R.J. Secor Passes Away
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:44:50 AM »

Eastern Sierra Forum / 10/30 Missing Hiker Alert Paradise Valley
« on: October 30, 2017, 04:11:39 PM »


Park Rangers are seeking additional leads to aid in the search for a missing hiker, 37-year-old Joseph Patrick Leap, from Lakewood, CO. Mr. Leap is overdue from a solo day hike out of Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park.  Mr. Leap planned to hike from Roads End to Mist Falls and Paradise Valley, and return to Roads End the same day.

Mr. Leap planned on departing for his hike on Sunday morning, October 29 from the Roads End Trailhead where his vehicle has been located.  He is described as an experienced hiker, but not familiar with the area.

Personnel from the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Search and Rescue Team are currently conducting ground and aerial search operations. If you have any information, please contact the park at 888-677-2746 with your name, contact information, and additional details.

Eastern Sierra Forum / 7/24 Missing Hiker Alert PCT Hiker
« on: July 24, 2017, 04:10:24 PM »

Facebook PCT:

ALERT!! For the purpose of a "Hotline" to be released to the general public, through Facebook or any other public forum, contact can be made via the Investigative Services Branch (ISB) Tip Line at 888-653-0009. Anyone can call this number at any time and leave messages. On July 7th, Rika Morita aka Strawberry, a 32 yo NOBO PCTer from Japan was last heard from family and last seen on the trail by other hikers on July 8th. Yosemite SAR have been alerted and currently searching for her. Below is information from a post from one of friends who is flying out from Germany to join with other friends to search for her, gave her last whereabouts and what her NOBO plans were. "Gathering all information the situation is as follows: We have a “Search for Rika” team now consisting of Gehn Shibayama, Christopher Lynch and me. Rika’s father doesn’t speak English. So Gehn joined in our team and got in direct contact with him. He’s fluent in English and Japanese. They had some phone calls in between. From this phone calls we learned from his father that Rika’s plan was to go the following route: Bishop – Muir Trail Ranch (MTR) – Red’s Meadows Resort (RMR) – Toulumne Meadows (TM) - Half Dome – Yosemite Valley – Toulumne Meadows – South Lake Tahoe. She had planned to do this in 11 days, but according to her plan she was overdue already 5 days in Bishop. Anyway. Rika was last seen by Aidan Dahler, Rachel Hopke, Greg Strachey and Justin Myers on July 8th 4 miles behind Glen pass. After fording a creek Rika went on solo while Greg and Justin were reorganizing their backpacks. On leaving Rika had announced to ask for their support (as she’s only 5 feet tall) at the next critical fording situation. The situations came, but Rika wasn’t there. Jonathan Szakacs saw her last on July 7th between 08:00 and 10:00 am when both they ran out of Bishop back on the PCT “but [she] pushed away”. They haven’t seen her since, and now they are in Toulumne Meadows. Neither in MTR, nor in VVR or RMR. TM itself is the place where Rika should contact Ted Hall who has got two boxes for Rika at his house in NorCal. By now there hasn’t been any call. It provides a little modicum of reassurance that actually it is impossible to make any calls from TM (no signal, public phone is out as PO is closed). As her plan was to go from TM to Half Dome we are now trying to find out if she obtained a permit for it. But officials in Yosemite are very slow, we are waiting for hours now for them to answer our request. To find out where Rika resupplied, we gathered the following information: We wrote an email to MTR to see if there was any sign of Rika. Still waiting for an answer. We called VVR to see if there was any record of her regarding resupply or if anybody has seen her. The answers was no. We contacted Moderne Hostel and Davison St Guest House in Mammoth Lakes to see if she checked in or has reservation. The answers were no. We contacted Sonora Resupply and Kennedy Meadows Resort to see if she was there or has sent resupply. The answers were no. We contacted Yosemite's Wilderness Office to see if she had overnight (necessary to hike down to Yosemite Valley) and Half Dome permit. She never obtained overnight permit. They are still researching Half Dome permit. John Godell checked Mammoth Lake Motel 6, but the answer was no. Regarding Donna L-Rod Saufley’s great idea to check her credit card records her Father told us that he doesn’t know which card she uses. Putting all this together, we don’t have any idea where she is or where she has been after the morning of July 8th. Please keep on helping. Gehn, Chris and Ingo"

Eastern Sierra Forum / 7/18 Missing Hiker Alert
« on: July 20, 2017, 11:32:51 AM »

Inyo Co. Sheriff's Dept:

On the evening of July 18th Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified that Linda Solomon, a 61 year old woman from Irvine, CA could not be located by her hiking partners. The hiking party originally consisted of three members; the route was a two night trip from the Green Lake trailhead out of South Lake to the North Fork trail via Baker Creek. On the last day of the trip Mrs. Solomon started down the trail slightly earlier than her hiking companions; the starting point was Baker Lake. Mrs. Solomon and her hiking partners unintentionally took two separate routes from their camping spot resulting in the two hiking partners being on one side of Baker Creek and Mrs. Solomon on the other. The hiking partners spotted Mrs. Solomon on the opposite side of Baker Creek across a marshy area about a mile east of their previous night’s camping spot. Both parties continued east but were unable to reunite. The hiking partners searched for Mrs. Solomon throughout the day, and when they were unable to locate her they hiked out via North Fork and contacted Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.
A search and rescue mission was launched Wednesday morning. Two teams were sent in; one via Coyote Flats and the other through the Baker Lake trail via the Glacier Lodge trailhead and up North Fork. Aerial reconnaissance was provided by CHP H-82 out of Victorville. The Coyote Flat SAR team discovered a note around 2:00pm in an old abandoned cabin on the south end of Coyote Flat. The note stated, “Wed. noon. July 20. Linda Solomon was here.” A note was left in the same place by a SAR team member instructing Mrs. Solomon to stay put if she comes back to the cabin, and that search teams will be back the next day. An additional clue that was discovered was a camera lens that was identified as Mrs. Solomon’s; the lens was about ¾ of a mile from the cabin on a dirt road. Search teams concluded yesterday’s efforts around 7:30pm.
On Thursday July 20th teams from Inyo Search and Rescue and China Lake Mountain Rescue Group began a ground search in the vicinity of Coyote Flat near and around the cabin, and the Baker Creek drainage out of Big Pine. Aerial recon for today’s efforts is provided by CHP - Inland Division Air Operations.
Mrs. Solomon is 5 feet tall and 100 pounds. She has black shoulder length hair and brown eyes. Her clothing consists of a light blue long sleeve shirt, dark blue rain jacket, and blue/grey backpack. She is described as a cautious and experienced hiker. If anyone has seen Mrs. Solomon or has any information that can assist this search please contact Sheriff’s Dispatch at 760-878-0383.

Eastern Sierra Forum / 5/8 Yosemite Missing Person Alert
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:42:50 AM »

Yosemite NP:

MISSING PERSON: Alexander Joseph Sevier

Alexander is 24 years old, 5 ft 6 in, 128 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.

Alexander was last seen in Housekeeping Camp on or around May 1. Possibly wearing Aeropostale, Abercrombie, or Hollister brand clothing. Alexander may have taken day hikes out of Yosemite Valley.

If you were in the area of Yosemite Valley since May 1 and have any information about Alexander, please call the Yosemite Emergency Communications Center at 209/379-1992.

Eastern Sierra Forum / SEKI MIssing Hiker Alert 5/1
« on: May 01, 2017, 12:03:04 PM »


SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. May 1, 2017 - On Sunday afternoon, a report was received by a park ranger that a person had fallen into the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River behind the headquarters of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The missing person is Tomas Martinez, 18, from Woodlake, California who was recreating with family and friends.

This is the second incident in as many weeks on the same river. With temperatures heating up as summer approaches, the record setting Sierra Nevada snow pack is starting to melt and flow, making these rivers rough, cold, and dangerous. Park rangers strongly request people not go in or near the edge of rivers as the rocks next to them are slick and steep.

“Many rivers in California are going to get very high and very dangerous. The best thing you can do is not go near these rivers. Don’t swim. Don’t go in,” said Ned Kelleher, chief ranger, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

The National Park Service is being assisted in this incident by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Tulare County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, YODOGS, and Exeter Ambulance.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Missing Yosemite Hiker 9/17
« on: September 27, 2016, 03:04:17 PM »
Yosemite NP:

"MISSING PERSON: Peter Jackson texted his son on 9/17/2016 saying he was on his way to Yosemite. His vehicle was found at White Wolf campsite #58, and his site was paid for until 9/21/2016. Jackson is believed to have gone on a day hike from his campsite and never returned. Jackson is known to do moderate to strenuous hikes around 5 miles in length. It is unknown when he left or which direction he headed. Jackson is a 74 year old male that is 5 feet 10 inches and 155 pounds. He is in excellent physical condition with no medical concerns. It is unknown what he is wearing or what gear he has with him.

If you have any information regarding this individual, or were staying in the White Wolf Campground, and/or hiked the trails leaving from White Wolf between September 17 and today, please contact 209/379-1926 during business hours, or Yosemite Dispatch at 209/379-1992 after hours."

Eastern Sierra Forum / Missing Emigrant Hikers
« on: June 17, 2016, 01:51:34 PM »
Update at 11 p.m.: Tuolumne County Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Andrea Benson reports the search has been suspended with no sign of the hikers but will resume Friday morning.

Original post at 3:42 p.m.: Pinecrest, CA – Rescue crews are searching from the air and ground for a pair of hikers from Modesto.

A CHP helicopter and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team is combing the Crabtree Trail in the Dodge Ridge/Pinecrest area for the pair along with their dog pictured in the photos in the upper left-hand image box. 55-year-old Donna Hallberg and 56-year-old Mark Smallwood along with dog Lulu set out on Sunday on the trail heading toward Gem Lake. The two were due home on Tuesday, but when they did not return on Wednesday a friend notified law enforcement sparking the search. With regards to the terrain, Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Andrea Benson details, “SAR said there is a wide range of types of terrain along that trail to the lakes. There is granite, meadows, and tree cover in some places. There is some steep terrain, valleys, canyons and high elevations ranging from 6,000-9,000 feet. There is also lots of snow in some places.”

Benson says their older gray Chevy Tahoe SUV with “Harvest Moon” etched in the back window was located on a road near the trail. She notes Forest Service Officials left a note on the vehicle yesterday for the pair with a number to phone but no call has been received. Sgt. Benson indicates, “The pair has enough supplies and equipment for at least the three days they planned to be in the outdoors. Donna and Mark do have cell phones but due to the lack of service in the area their location was not able to be tracked.”

Sgt. Benson adds that the two are experienced hikers and have taken the trail at least three times in the past.  The sheriff’s office provided these descriptions of the duo:

Donna Hallberg:

    White Female Adult
    55 years old  Modesto Resident
    5’08, 130 pounds
    Short brown hair Brown Eyes

Last seen wearing capri workout pants, a black jacket and carrying a blue backpack. Donna has a tattoo on the back of her neck, “Live Life.”

Mark Smallwood:

    White Male Adult
    59 years old Modesto Resident
    6’00  190 pounds
    Brown hair

Anyone with any information on their whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 209-533-5815 and if possible give their approximate location.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Missing Hiker & Dog Donner Summit 5/16
« on: May 17, 2016, 01:43:05 PM »
The Placer County Sheriff's Office is conducting a search and rescue operation near Donner Summit for a hiker and his dog who did not return home as planned on Monday.

The Department says if anyone was hiking in the Loch Leven area, near Hampshire Rocks Road, on Sunday or Monday, and saw a young man named Cody Michael and his German Shepherd, please call the Sheriff's Office at (530) 886-5375.

Cody, is from Rocklin, and texted this photo to his family Monday morning, and he said he would be leaving the area by noon. They have not heard from his since.

He is 23-years-old, stands 5-feet, 10-inches tall, and weighs 175 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing the clothes in the photo. His vehicle was found at the trailhead.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Help requested
« on: April 25, 2016, 03:10:12 PM »
Michael Meyers was killed in an avalanche (above Meysan Lake) back in Nov 2015, his mother requests anyone going to the area to please keep an eye out for some of his missing gear.

" We are certain some of Michael's equipment is still up above Meysan Lake where he was found--lost during the avalanche. I'd like to get messages posted so that anyone hiking and climbing in the area once the snow is pretty much gone, should they come across any of his items, to please take it to the Sheriff's Office in Lone Pine.

We are certain the following were lost: an Black Diamond Raven 70 cm ice axe, a Go Pro camera (silver), Garmin GPSMap 62s and white framed Julbo Camel sunglasses."

Sheriff's office in Lone Pine: 726 N Main St, Lone Pine, CA 93545   Phone:(760) 876-5606

Possible location of his gear:,-118.2526500&z=15&t=t4&symbol=pr

Thank you for your help.


Please read the following link:

Also the search in the Minarets for evidence, on 9/10-9/15, consisting of members from several forums, is a go.

Thank you for any help you can provide in this case, and in bringing closure for a fellow mountain brothers family.

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