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Inyo County SAR underway in Tecopa area

Inyo County Search and Rescue in Tecopa

submitted by Inyo County Sheriffs Department
March 16, 2016

 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 the cellular phone was discovered. On Saturday March 12th ten Inyo County Search and Rescue members, and three local Bureau of Land Management rangers began searching the Tecopa area, including the Armargosa Wash. Assisting in the search was CHP helicopter H-80 out of Apple Valley. 

Interviews with family indicate that the Tecopa area is a location that Mr. Liles has frequented in the past; and that he enjoys photographing the natural surroundings. If anyone has any information that may assist in locating Mr. Liles, please contact Sheriff’s Dispatch at 760-878-0383. It is believed that he carries a 6-foot long walking stick and dresses in muted colors.

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UCLA grad student found deceased

UCLA grad student found deceased

By Arnie Palu

The Inyo County Sheriffs department confirms the recovery of the body of missing hiker Michael David Meyers. On Saturday crews located his body in a recent avalanche debris field near Mt. Irvine.

Meyers, a native of St. Cloud Minnesota was reported missing on Sunday, November 15th. Family members indicate that Meyers went hiking in the Mt. Russell/Mt. Whitney area on Friday, November 6th. Meyers was expected to return to UCLA on Monday, November 9th. His 2002 gray Dodge Durango was located on Wednesday, November 18th near the Mt. Whitney overflow parking area. The Inyo Sheriffs department notes that the vehicle was spotted by a local resident while hiking in the Mt. Whitney trail head area. The Meyers family indicates that Michael had left a detailed itinerary of his rout up Mt. Russell on the vehicles dash board.

A massive search and rescue operation ensued. Inyo County crews worked with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol helicopter. The Inyo Sheriffs office indicates that additional resources were requested from the California office of Emergency Services. On Friday, November 20th approximately 40 search and rescue personnel from throughout the state, as well as a Chinook helicopter from the California Air National Guard were assigned. In the afternoon items belonging to Meyers were located in a recent avalanche debris field near Mt. Irvine. The Sheriffs Department indicates that additional resources were requested including search dog teams and sonar type equipment. On Saturday crews located the body of Michael Meyers in the avalanche area.

cover photo, Michael David Meyers, photo provided by the Meyers Family

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Recovery at Jigsaw Pass

Inyo County Search and Rescue recovers fall victim

information from the Inyo County Sheriffs Department

Jigsaw Pass recovery

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 was sent saying, “fatality.” Two Inyo County SAR members responded to the coordinates of the SPOT activation.

On August 6th at about 7:00am, CHP H-80 arrived and with the assistance of the Inyo County SAR team, H-80 was able to recover the body of Stephanie Subak (58 years old from Seattle, WA) and transport her to the Sheriff’s Posse Hut near the Bishop airport, where she was then driven to Brune Mortuary.

Interviews conducted with her hiking friends who were with her at the time of the accident indicated that Subak was descending down Jigsaw Pass when a rock that she grabbed onto gave way, causing her to tumble about 40 feet down a chute. Once Subak’s partners got to her, she was unconscious but breathing; she passed away about an hour later. According to the coroner Subak sustained multiple traumatic injuries that caused her death.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office extends our sincere condolences to Subak’s family and friends during this very difficult time. We also would like to thank the Inyo County SAR team and H-80 for their response efforts

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Jigsaw Pass, photo by the Inyo County Sheriffs department
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Inyo Identifies remains

Shepherd Pass Remains Identified

The body that was located off the Shepherd Pass trail has been identified as 37-year old man, Kenneth Pledger, from Colorado City, AZ.  According to the Inyo County Sheriffs Department, at this time the cause of death has not been determined.

Back on Monday, May 18th, 2015 Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received notification of a deceased person off the Shepherd Pass trail at about the 12,000′ elevation level. The information shared with the Sheriff’s Office from the reporting party was that it was evident that the person had been deceased for some time.

Due to the demanding and steep terrain, it was determined that a helicopter recovery would be the safest mechanism to remove the body. Several attempts were made, but due to the recent storm activity in the High Sierra’s the recovery mission had to be held off until the morning of Wednesday May 27th. CHP Helicopter H-80 out of Apple Valley was utilized. Inyo SAR members were able to safely secure the remains for transport to the Lone Pine Airport where they were met by the Inyo County Coroner’s Office.

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Remains recovered near Shepherd Pass

Shepherd Pass Recovery Mission

Adverse weather delays recovery
Remains yet to be identified

Inyo County Sheriff’s Department report:

On Monday May 18th, 2015 Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received notification of a deceased person off the Shepherd Pass trail at about the 12,000” elevation level. The information shared with the Sheriff’s Office from the reporting party was that it was evident that the person had been deceased for some time.

Due to the demanding and steep terrain, it was determined that a helicopter recovery would be the safest mechanism to remove the body. Several attempts were made, but due to the recent storm activity in the High Sierra’s the recovery mission had to be held off until the morning of Wednesday May 27th. CHP Helicopter H-80 out of Apple Valley was utilized. Inyo SAR members were able to safely secure the remains for transport to the Lone Pine Airport where they were met by the Inyo County Coroner’s Office. Cause of death has not yet been determined, nor has positive identification of the remains.

“The remains were about 75-yards due east of the Shepherd Pass trail, about 200-yards from the Sequoia National Park boundary, located in a flat area where it would be safe to presume that a fall was not the cause,” stated SAR Coordinator Brian Hohenstein.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank CHP H-80 for their assistance, and the Inyo SAR volunteers.

cover photo provided by the Inyo County Sheriffs Department

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