A truck stuck in a ditch was what alerted a local resident to examine further. And that’s when, on Saturday, Jan. 30, Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were contacted and dispatched to the North Kaweah River Drive area (vicinity of the Three Rivers Roping Arena). Inside the truck, the caller reported, was an unresponsive female.
Deputies located the vehicle and, without entering the truck, also got no response from the female driver, so summoned medical assistance. After continuing to get no response from the driver, the deputies forced entry into the truck so medical personnel could access the individual.
After further investigation, it was determined that the female, age 65, had been reported as a missing person from the Porterville area two days earlier. She was transported to a hospital for additional evaluation.
On Monday, Feb. 1, at 8:40 p.m., deputies were contacted regarding an overdue male hiker in his mid-50s from Exeter. Deputies were informed that the subject was hiking on the BLM property beginning at Skyline Drive and had planned to return by 7 p.m.
Deputies located the hiker’s vehicle at the trailhead. They searched the area on foot, but were unable to locate the man.
Deputies stayed in the area and at about 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, the hiker emerged. He stated that he became lost in the dark and did not have a flashlight. He stayed where he was until daylight, then hiked out.
The subject was cold but otherwise uninjured. No medical treatment was requested.