• Ghost Mountain SAR - 2010
On Sunday, June 13, 2010, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office received a missing person call after a visitor to the Ghost Mountain Resort did not return after leaving with his dog at 7:00 p.m. The reporting party, the subject's wife, stated that he appeared inebriated when he left.
Patrol deputies searched the area in the wee hours. Deputy Schaub enlisted the help of three OHV members at 2:00 a.m. to run the roads.
At 4:30 a.m., a general callout was broadcast. Members from all teams arrived between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m. The OHV team found dog prints. A dog team followed a scent trail that may have traced the subject's course.
After 8:00 a.m., the missing subject phoned his wife from a pay phone on Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines. Deputy Cathey located him and he was returned (with dog) to the area, after medic's assessment.
A SAR member said:
"Missing subject stated he 'followed his black labrador, Molly.' They slept overnight in some brush (she kept him warm). Molly returned apparently without a scratch. The missing person, on the other hand, appeared a little worse for the brush scrambling. He stated he kept trying to head up hill so he could get his bearings, stumbled upon a road, followed it to a gate that said 'No snow plowing' and turned back but stayed on the road. He passed a few homes but felt it was too early to wake anyone up and kept going until he reached a small store from which he called his wife.
"The response was good. The teams worked well together. The campground area was intensely covered by assignments."