[UPDATED] Search and Rescue Looking for Missing Hiker Near Willits
The Mendocino County Sheriff posted on their Facebook page at approximately 1:30 that Search and Rescue is looking for this missing hiker. They wrote,
Have You Seen This person?
Missing hiker, last seen in the area East of 101on the Ridgewood Grade near the Willits Watershed.
Jamie Dalton, white male adult, approximately 46 years old. Transient in nature, 6′ 180 blonde and blue shoulder length hair with a beard. Last seen wearing tan shorts, black leather jacket black high top shoes.
If you have any information regarding his location please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086.
UPDATE 12:10 p.m. Monday: Press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office gives more information on the missing man and why they are searching for him.
On 03-05-2016 at approximately 1:30 PM Jamie Dalton and a friend went hiking in the rural area to the southeast of the CALFIRE Howard Forest station located in the 17000 block of Highway 101 in Willits, California.
During the hike the pair became disoriented to their surroundings and the friend instructed Dalton to shelter in place while the friend attempted to seek help by navigating the terrain alone.
On 03-06-2016 at approximately 7:30 AM the friend contacted CALFIRE personnel and advised them of the situation resulting in a missing person report to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.
A search for Dalton was initiated resulting in the assistance of personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue team, CALFIRE, Little Lake Fire Department and California Department of Fish & Wildlife.
As of 03-06-2016 there were approximately 30 people involved in the search efforts with more mutual aid assistance expected on 03-07-2016. Aerial search assistance was not available to date because of the weather conditions and will be evaluated again on 03-07-2016, as search efforts continue.
Dalton is described as being a 46 year-old white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 180-200 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes (see photograph below). Dalton was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, a black shirt, tan shorts and black shoes.
Anyone with information on the possible whereabouts of Dalton or who may think they have information that could assist in the search operation is urged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center by calling 707-463-4086.