Search still on for missing hiker

– Press release from Mono County Sheriff’s Office:

On July 29, 2013, avid outdoorsman, Matthew Greene, age 39, was reported missing to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD). Mr. Greene was passing through the Mammoth Lakes area to do some hiking, camping, and conquer peaks throughout the Eastern Sierra. Mr. Greene is believed to have expressed interest in climbing Mt. Lyell, south of Tuolumne Meadows, Mt. Ritter, and Mt. Banner.

Matthew Greene

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team has sent ground teams to search around the Ritter/Banner area. As a training mission, a CHP helicopter, along with the assistance of Mono County SAR, did a brief search of the area, including the Minarets. To date, Mr. Greene has not been located.

Due to the potential climbing destinations of Mt. Ritter and Mt. Banner being outside of Mono County, the Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team has not been officially activated. The SAR team, to actively aid the family and friends of Mr. Greene in their search efforts, has utilized training opportunities to try and locate him. The SAR team has verified that no summit register entries have been entered by Mr. Greene at either peak. The SAR team is currently analyzing forest service permits and emailing permit holders to try and gather additional information regarding Mr. Greene’s location.


The Mono County Sheriff’s Office has sent information in reference to this investigation to Madeira County and the Yosemite Search and Rescue Team as their jurisdiction is potentially involved. At this time, Mono County SAR has not been formally requested as mutual aid in this search.

Mr. Greene is 5’11” and weighs approximately 160 lbs. Anyone with any information on Mr. Greene’s whereabouts or other tips for this investigation are encouraged to call Detective Hornbeck at the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011 or the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 932-7549 ext. 7.

Written and prepared by: Jennifer Hansen, Public Information Officer


2 Responses to Search still on for missing hiker

  1. Dean August 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Situations like this are exactly why it is very important to pre-plan your route, communicate your plan to others, and follow the plan.

    I hope they find him safe.

    • Casper Titchworth August 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      You make a very good point Dean. Had he told anyone where he was going he would probably have been found by now.


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