After nearly two full days when he was reported lost, parents of a 21-year-old Fresno man received word their son was successfully rescued near Miami Motorcycle Trail Tuesday morning.
“Due to the hard work of our volunteers, our deputies assigned to the Madera County Search & Rescue (MADSAR) team, and the outpouring of support from other counties, this led to a successful conclusion on this drawn out, complicated search,” said Tyson Pogue, Sheriff’s Office and MADSAR Commander.
The man’s parents reported he was missing around 10:30 p.m. Sunday after they couldn’t find him near where he left his vehicle, close to a Highway 41 entrance to the trail.
Pogue said sworn deputies performed a “hasty phase” search of the area, to no success that night.
“Monday morning, we launched a full-scale investigation so that we could find him,” Pogue said.
That search involved four canine teams from the California Rescue Dog Association (Carda), as well as off highway vehicles (OHV) and foot searchers, Pogue said.
Unable to locate the unidentified man, Pogue put in a call to the California Office of Emergency Services to request additional resources.
“Kern, Tulare, and Fresno counties sent in mutual aid,” Pogue said, noting more than 35 people, including volunteers, sworn deputies, and others helped in the search.
Though searchers were unable to find the man that day, Pogue said they did locate several clues that helped narrow down their searches along creeks and trails that evening and into the next morning.
Tuesday morning, Pogue said Sgt. Jacob Tallmon, assisted by a Carda team finally found the man a short distance from his vehicle around 10:30 a.m.
“He was alive and okay,” Pogue said. “Based on our evaluation of him, we determined he was in need of medical attention as he was very disoriented, and confused about where he was.”
The 21-year-old man, a Fresno resident with family in the Mountain Area, was taken by ambulance to Madera Community Hospital, Pogue said. He is expected to make a full recovery.