August 22 & 23, 2014: Missing Backpacker - Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest

Search team members waiting to load onto an Air Force Pave Hawk copter. Photo by Antonio M. Arizo

08/22/14, Friday 04:00 – 08/23/14, Saturday, 18:00 Hours

The East Valley Team along with the Fillmore Mountain Team responded to assist Monterey County on a search for a missing backpacker in the Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest east of Big Sur. The 55-year-old solo backpacker was last seen on Saturday, 8/16, in the area of Pine Valley campground. After he failed to exit the trail near Big Sur the Monterey County Search and Rescue started searching for the subject. Eight members traveled to the command post in Carmel Valley to be flown into the search area on an Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter.

The East Valley team along with members of Monterey County SAR was given a two-day assignment in the field to thoroughly search the area around the location where the subject was last seen.

The subject has still not been located at this time.

View photos from the search.