Feb. 15, 2013: Missing Girl - Huasna Valley, San Luis Obispo County

The team at the end of a successful search: J. Fernholz, P. Emerson, K. Duncklee, C. Buttitta. Not shown: C. Cogan, J. Gaul, R. Hitchcock, and M. Humphreys. Photo by Rob Hitchcock

02/15/13 , Friday 02:30 – 20:00 Hours

On Friday February 15th at 0230 hours East Valley Search and Rescue Team received a mutual aid request for a missing 12-year-old in San Luis Obispo County. The teenager went missing Thursday February 14th at 1600 hours after she was dropped off at her grandmother's home in Huasna Valley, east of Arroyo Grande. She had gone horseback riding in the area, but when her horse was found unattended at 1700 hours, search and rescue crews were alerted.

An extensive overnight search began with more than 200 personnel from four different counties, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern and Ventura. Ground searchers, K-9s teams, two CHP helicopters, and a CHP plane were deployed.

Eight members of the East Valley team responded from their station to the command post for search assignments. The members were divided up into three teams. One team was on foot the second team utilized team quads and a third team utilized the team’s motorcycles. The area of the search was rolling hills and canyons with groves of oak trees and heavy brush. Each team was assigned a unique search area.

At approximately 1530 hours the missing girl was spotted by her father who was driving to the command post. The subject was in good condition, but very dehydrated. Reportedly she was hiding in a tree the entire night. She was taken to a nearby hospital.