Yosemite Search For Missing Hiker

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Yosemite Search For Missing Hiker

Postby Todd » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:01 pm

Yosemite National Park (CA)
Search In Progress For Missing Hiker

A search is currently underway for George Penca, 30, of Hawthorne, California, who was last seen hiking on Upper Yosemite Fall Trail last Friday with a group of people from his church. Around 9 p.m. that evening, a member of the group called park dispatch and reported that Penca was missing. The park is asking that anyone who was in the area of the Upper Yosemite Fall Trail with possible information on Penca call the search command post at 209-372-0311 or 209-372-0252. Penca is 5' 10" tall, weighs 240 pounds, and has dark brown hair, blue eyes, and a stocky build. He was last seen wearing gray sweatpants with white stripes, a black t-shirt that says "D&B" across the chest or a black tank top, and gray/blue running shoes. He was carrying a blue cloth bag and had very little food and water. Supporting park staff in the search have been personnel from Mariposa, Mono, Fresno and Marin Counties.
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Postby Todd » Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:53 pm

Yosemite National Park (CA)
Major Search For Missing Hiker Scaled Back

The search continues for missing hiker George Penca, who was last seen at the top of Yosemite Falls on Friday, June 17th, but has been scaled back due to the steep and rugged terrain and lack of any clues. Although the area has been thoroughly searched, no sign of Penca has yet been found. Penca began hiking the Upper Yosemite Fall Trail on June 17th with a group of 20 people from his church. They dispersed at the top of the waterfall and later regrouped to hike back to Yosemite Valley. Penca did not rejoin them, though, and a missing persons report was filed later that night. Searchers immediately began looking for him and a full-scale operation was launched the next day. Over 100 search and rescue personnel, two helicopters (one each from Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon), dog teams, and 14 California County SAR teams participated. The search area included 70 square miles of rugged terrain ranging in elevation from 4,000 feet above sea level to 8,000 feet above sea level. The change in search strategy was made yesterday after a review of risks to SAR personnel and consideration of the lack of clues as to Penca's whereabouts. Park SAR teams will remain in the Yosemite Falls area, though, and will continue ground search efforts. The park is asking anyone in the area of the Upper Yosemite Fall Trail who may have information on George Penca to please call the Yosemite Emergency Communication Center at 209-379-1992. Penca is 5' 10" tall, weighs 240 pounds, and has dark brown hair, blue eyes, and a stocky build. He was last seen wearing gray sweatpants with white stripes, a black t-shirt that says "D&B" across the chest or a black tank top, and gray/blue running shoes.
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