Search for Missing Mountaineer Continues

Search and Rescue Team members from around the state continue to cover ground in the Sierra above Bishop in the search for missing San Diego resident Ric DeVan. So far, there has been no sign of the missing 44 year old mountaineer.

DeVan set out on an overnight trip from Bishop Pass toward Mt. Goode on the third of July. He was supposed to meet his wife and daughter at Treasure Lakes on the Fourth but did not arrive. DeVan did sign the summit register of Mt. Goode on the Fourth, but there is a difficult ridge between Mt. Goode and the Treasure Lakes basin.

Today was the fifth day that searchers worked over the terrain in the Mt. Goode area looking for signs of the missing man. Teams from Inyo County, Mono County, San Bernardino, China Lake, Kern County, either walked into the search area or were flown in by helicopter.

CHP and Forest Service helicopters flew searchers to the Sierra crest between Mt. Johnson and Mt. Goode to search ridges, gullies, and chutes for any sign of DeVan. Teams have climbed technical ridges, searched boulder fields and the snowfields at the bases of the ridges along with the vast terrain between, but so far have not found a positive sign of the missing mountaineer.

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, gray 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.

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