Missing hiker news from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department:
On Friday, June 25 about 12:32 p.m., deputies from the Palm Desert Station received a call of a missing person from a residence on Barcelona Drive, Rancho Mirage.
The missing person was identified as William Michael Ewasko, 65, of Marrietta, Georgia. Ewasko was reported missing by his girlfriend who advised he had planned to hike alone in the Joshua Tree National Park on June 24. He planned to contact her at about 5:00 p.m. on that day.
Ewasko did not make contact with his girlfriend. Ewasko was entered into the system as a missing person and his rental vehicle, a white 2007 Sebring, was also entered as a missing person’s vehicle.
On Saturday evening, June 26, 2010, a CHP helicopter crew located Ewasko’s rented Sebring at The Joshua Tree National Park on Key’s View Road.
A search by Joshua Tree National Park personnel was done on Saturday evening in the area where the vehicle was located.
Well over 100 volunteers have diligently assisted in this extensive search for Mr. Ewasko. They have contributed approximately 1400 hours of ground search assisted by the above-mentioned trained dog teams, equestrian searchers and air support. Unfortunately, Mr. Ewasko has not been located and remains a reported missing person.
Multi-agency search efforts have continued including the following agencies/volunteers: Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree Search & Rescue, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside Sheriff’s Department RMRU (Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit), Riverside Sheriff’s Department DSSAR (Desert Sheriff’s Search & Rescue), San Diego Search & Rescue, Palm Springs Search & Rescue, Morongo Basin Mounted Search & Rescue, East Valley Sheriff’s Mountain Posse, Sierra Madre Search & Rescue, De Anza Search & Rescue, Big Bear Search & Rescue, Rim of The World Search & Rescue, SERT (Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team), and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department K-9 units.
Air support from Riverside County Sheriff’s Department as well as the California Highway Patrol assisted in this search. Red Cross volunteers also responded and assisted the teams.
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Friday, July 2, 2010
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