Missing Hikers Found

Missing Hikers Found

Missing Hikers Found

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury lawyer. The three missing hikers who were two days late in returning from a hiking trip over the weekend in Emigrant Wilderness have been located in Tuolumne County, according to officials. The hikers were found near Sheep Camp.

What Happened?

Authorities received a call just after 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016, that Christine Ricks, 46, Venue Aruva, 32, and Steven Morales, 62, had not returned home on Sunday after the trio went on a hiking trip.

Wilderness Permits Obtained Prior to Hike

The three hikers obtained a wilderness permit on Wednesday of last week from the U.S. Forest Service. The permit said that they were planning to start their hike on Thursday and return back home on Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Kennedy Meadows to Sheep Camp

The hikers were taking off from and returning back to Kennedy Meadows, with a final destination of Sheep Camp. The proprietor of Kennedy Meadows said he spoke to the trio before they left for their hike, and they indicated to him that they planned to hike to Emigrant Lake. They also mentioned stopping near Relief Reservoir.

Honda CRV Sitting In Resort Parking Lot

The proprietor further stated they left a Honda CRV at his resort on Thursday, which deputies confirmed around 10:30 p.m. on Monday.

Inclement Weather Conditions

A Kennedy Meadows caretaker told investigators that a weekend storm caused extremely muddy conditions. He said the storm caused the Stanislaus River to rise nearly 3 feet. He further added that the water flow was much greater than any storm he had seen for this particular time of the year.

Combined Search Efforts

A Cal Fire helicopter as well as the Tuolumne County search and rescue team assisted in the search efforts. The condition of the hikers was not made available at the time of this writing.

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