Tag Archives | Inyo County Search and Rescue


Woman dies after fall near Bear Creek Spire

Inyo County Sheriff’s Department press release Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was contacted the evening of September 18th regarding a deceased fall victim near Bear Creek Spire. The reporting party, and climbing partner, indicated that the two-person team had camped at Dade Lake and set out the morning of the 18th to ascend Bear Creek Spire. […]

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Inyo, Mono S&R teams in action

Inyo County Sheriff’s Department press release A search is underway for missing man, Bum “John” Lee, a 68-year old man from the Redlands area in California. Lee has been missing since Monday afternoon; Sheriff’s Dispatch was alerted Monday evening. According to the information received, Lee was attempting the Mountaineer’s Route on Mt. Whitney, and was […]

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Billy Liles

Man missing in Tecopa area

On the evening of Friday March 11th Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was contacted regarding a cellular phone that was found in the desert east of Tecopa. It was determined that the cellular phone belonged to 83-year old James “Billy” Liles of Carmel, CA. Mr. Liles had been camping near Tecopa about two miles from where […]

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Seattle woman dies in fall at Jigsaw Pass

– Information from Inyo County Sheriff’s Office On August 5th at about 5:20pm, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified through CalOES of a SPOT device activation near Jigsaw Pass. The activation was followed by a message asking for a helicopter for an immediate evacuation due to an injury. A short time later another message […]

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Update on Shepherd Pass recovery mission

– Inyo County Sheriff’s Office The deceased hiker that was located off the Shepherd Pass trail has been identified as 37-year old man, Kenneth Pledger, from Colorado City, AZ. At this time cause of death has not been determined. On Monday May 18th, 2015 Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received notification of a deceased person off […]

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Scott Sederstrom

Local climber found dead

Tragedy in the Eastern Sierra over the weekend – Scott Sederstrom, a well-known rock climber, died in an apparent climbing accident on Friday. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department reports that on March 14, shortly after midnight, the Inyo County Sheriff Department was dispatched to the Lower Gorge for a report of an overdue hiker. The […]

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Bishop area man falls to death while hiking

  A multiagency search and rescue effort to locate Matthew Mooney, a 47 year old man from the Bishop area, concluded yesterday late afternoon when Mooney was located deceased.  Search and rescue (SAR) team members discovered Mooney in a chute above Tamarac Lake; he is believed to have fallen approximately 30 feet. SAR teams have […]

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Man missing in Rock Creek area

UPDATE:  8-22 Search teams resumed their work at daybreak.  Still no sign of Mr. Mooney at last report. – Press release from Inyo County Sheriff’s Office: A multiagency search and rescue effort has been underway since approximately 10:30 PM last night, after Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified of an overdue hiker. Matthew Mooney, a 47-year old […]

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Missing hiker found and rescued

UPDATE: 8:30am Wednesday: Thanks from family – Our biggest thanks go out to you all and the local community and authorities. Thank you, with warmest regards.  Das Family UPDATE: 5:30pm Tuesday: Hiker found Overdue hiker, Shyam Das, a 68-year old man from Saratoga, CA was located this afternoon by search teams below the ledges in […]

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San Francisco man still missing in Death Valley

George Kohler, a 67-year old San Francisco man who was exploring Death Valley with a bicycle touring group is still missing. Kohler was last seen at a campfire at the Mesquite Springs camp ground at approximately 8:00 PM on Monday March 12th.  According to interviews conducted with the bicycle group, Kohler departed from the campfire […]

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Search for missing cyclist in Death Valley

UPDATE: 5:24pm Friday.  The Inyo Sheriff’s Department said that Mr. Kohler had only his headlamp with him when he disappeared.  As of this time and date there is nothing new on the search but the Sheriff’s Department said that many people are searching. UPDATE:  As of 1:42pm on Thursday, March 15, there is no new […]

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Big Pine man rescued

On Sunday, January 1, 2012, at approximately 9:30PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received notification of an overdue hiker.  The reporting party advised that her 73 year-old husband George Derrick had planned a short hike east of the CARMA Observatory, in the Cedar Flat area, but failed to return home. Derrick left his Big Pine residence […]

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