Search for missing cyclist in Death Valley

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The missing man was last seen at the Mesquite Springs Camp ground 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 information on the search for Mr. Kohler.  The Inyo Sheriff’s Department will keep us updated.

At approximately 3:00 Tuesday afternoon Inyo County Search and Rescue was notified that a 67-year old San Francisco man, George Kohler, was missing from a bicycle tour group.

According to Inyo County Search and Rescue Coordinator Terry Watterbury, “The bicycle tour group camped Monday night at the Mesquite Springs camp ground in Death Valley.  Kohler was seen by his fellow bicyclists at the campfire Monday night; at around 8:00 PM he said he was going to go to his tent and sleep, but the next morning there was no sign of him.”

Kohler was last seen wearing a blue jacket, navy blue t-shirt, and black pants.  Anyone who was on the Scotty’s Castle Road that may have seen Kohler or given him a ride is asked to contact the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 760-878-0383.

The following agencies are participating in the search: Death Valley National Park Service, Inyo County Search and Rescue, California Rescue Dog Association, China Lake Naval Weapons Base, and Nellis Air Force Base.

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10 Responses to Search for missing cyclist in Death Valley

  1. Wayne Deja March 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Sounds like he left on foot,in the evening…..Time is running out for this to have a good ending…..Hope the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU),the group that successfully found the remains of the 1996 case involving the missing German family,as well as finding a missing Carson City man last year near Badwater gets involved…quickly…

  2. Tara Widmer March 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Missing you and praying for you and your beloved wife George. Please return safely and soon.

  3. AFA March 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Thank you for keeping us updated. GK is a great friend of a great friend.

  4. Mike Eccles March 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Thank you again.

  5. Mike Eccles March 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I am wondering if you will post an update when you have it? George Kohler is a good friend, we are worried.

    • Benett Kessler March 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

      We definitely will. I spoke with the Inyo Sheriff’s Department this afternoon. There is currently nothing new to report and the search continues. Benett Kessler

      • Smb March 16, 2012 at 7:58 am #

        Did he have his bike? Or any belongings?

        • Benett Kessler March 16, 2012 at 9:01 am #

          We don’t know but will continue to check. BK

  6. Big AL March 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Hmm .. It doesn’t say whether he walked off in the desert, or if we rode off on his bike, or what? Or .. alien abduction?

    • Wayne Deja March 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

      Yeah,Big Al….real funny…..a 67 year old man missing in Death Valley and someone(you) is joking about it.


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