Search expands for missing woman in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Anyone who has been in the parks since Wednesday, October 23, specifically in the Little Baldy area, and think they may have seen Mary Joanna Gomez or her vehicle, call the tipline at 888-677-2746.

The granite dome known as Little Baldy, as seen from the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park.

UPDATE – MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019; AT 2:30 p.m.– FOUND! This has not been confirmed by official sources, but a Facebook comment from a reliable source in response to a 3R News article about the missing Mississippi woman stated that she has been FOUND ALIVE. More information will be posted as it is received.

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Monday, October 28, 2019– The search for Mary Joanna Gomez, 56, from Mississippi, continues with growing search teams but limited clues.

Gomez was on assignment in the Bay Area as a traveling nurse. She arrived in Kings Canyon National Park on Wednesday, October 23, on her day off.

Mary Joanna Gomez

Her last communication with family was on October 24 when she text-messaged her daughter. She was expected back to work on Friday, October 25, but when she missed her shift, her family reported her missing to the San Francisco Police Department.

A 3R News file photo of the Little Baldy trailhead area, looking south on the Generals Highway. The area currently would have no snow, and there are turnouts on both sides of the road for parking.

National Park Service staff place her in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park on the morning of Saturday, October 26. That night, shortly before midnight, her vehicle was located along the Generals Highway near the Little Baldy trailhead by a park ranger. It had not been at that trailhead earlier in the day.

Little Baldy area

Little Baldy Saddle is the highest point on the Generals Highway. It is just over 10 miles from the Giant Forest Museum and less than five miles from the north boundary of Sequoia National Park. It marks the divide between the North and Marble forks of the Kaweah River. There is a trail, 1.75 miles in length, to the Little Baldy Summit, and another trail that travels north two miles to Dorst Campground. There are also less-used, unmaintained trails in the vicinity.

Weather conditions

Although there has been no adverse weather and the daytime hours are sunny, cool, and clear, nighttime temperatures at 7,000 feet elevation are dipping below the freezing mark.

Search teams

Multiple teams are actively searching the area surrounding Gomez’s vehicle with search dogs, aircraft, and search teams on foot. Her husband and daughter arrived in Kings Canyon on Sunday, October 27, and are with NPS staff.

Other clues

Unconfirmed reports state her credit cards have not been used and there have been no cell phone pings. This most likely means she has not left Sequoia-Kings Canyon. 

See previous article for additional information, photos, and what Gomez’s vehicle looks like:

Search ongoing for missing woman in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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