In the Sierra above Bishop, the search continues for a hiker reported missing on July Fourth.
On this fourth day of search operations, rescuers planned to return to the back country near Bishop Pass to look for the missing man.
According to Inyo Sheriff Deputies, 44 year old Southern California resident Ric DeVan set out for Mt. Goode near Bishop Pass on the Fourth. DeVan, along with his wife and daughter set out toward Bishop Pass on Thursday July 3rd.
The plan was to spend the night of Third by himself, hike up Mt. Goode, traverse the ridge to Mt. Johnson, then head down to meet up with his wife and daughter at Treasure Lakes on the Fourth. When DeVan failed to show up at Treasure Lakes on the Fourth, his family members reported him missing.
Inyo Search and Rescue volunteers, along Mono County SAR and China Lake Mountain Rescue Team members have searched the area since Saturday but by last report had not found the missing man. Deputies report that DeVan did sign the summit register on Mt. Goode, stating that he planned to traverse to Mt. Johnson.
The Inyo Sheriffs Department is looking for people who may have seen the missing man hiking on Thursday the Third, and Friday the Fourth in the Bishop Pass area. DeVan is said to have been wearing a yellow shirt with black side panels, tan pants, light colored back pack, grey jacket with black trim, a beige or green ball cap, and an orange, gold, and purple National Geographic bandanna. DeVan also had a Khaki one person tent.
If you were hiking near Bishop Pass on Friday the Fourth of July, and you saw someone who fits this description call the Inyo Sheriffs Department at 873-7887 or 878- 0383.