• Search for Big Sur Hiker Arvin Nelson Continues

    Arvin NelsonArvin Nelson departed on an eight day backpacking trip in the Ventana Wilderness, located in the Los Padres National Forest. Arvin was dropped off by a friend at China Camp, located near Tassajara Road. He planned to hike the eastern side of the Ventana, an area that he has never ventured into.

    Arvin is an experienced hiker and planned to walk out the Pine Ridge Trail back into the Big Sur Area. His trek was supposed to end sometime around August 14, 2014. He told his friends if he didn’t make contact with them by Friday August 15, 2014, to report him missing. A missing person report was made by Arvin’s friends on August 16, 2014 and search efforts began. As of August 20, 2014, Search efforts have continued utilizing different resources. Those resources include the National Guard (Air National Guard and Army National Guard), Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service, CHP, Monterey County USAR (Urban Search and Rescue), California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA), CAL ESAR (Explorer Search and Rescue), Coast Guard, Monterey Bay Chapter Red Cross, and the following county search and rescue teams: Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, Marin, Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, Contra Costa and San Benito.

    These teams have conducted both air and ground searches, concentrating on a route agenda Arvin told his friends he would be following during the trip.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 20, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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