Boys at home after nine-hour search near Jackson Meadows
July 27, 2004
Staff reportsA nine-hour search for two boys in the Jackson Meadows area ended Tuesday morning when the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office learned the 14 year olds were safe at home in Petaluma, Calif.The boys were on a 50-mile backpacking trip when they split from their troop’s northeast direction at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, according to sheriff’s Deputy Dave Lade. The group spent the previous night at Phoenix Lake and were headed to French Lake.The other scouts and troop leader searched for the boys until about 6 p.m. when the leader called the sheriff’s office. Volunteers and sheriff’s deputies searched a 7-square-mile area for the boys until 1 a.m. Many of the searchers stayed near the site overnight and re-assembled at 5:30 a.m. The search was complicated by large granite boulders in the region, Lade said.”It’s hard to man track in that situation,” he said.Apparently, the boys split off from their group Monday morning, contacted a driver who had a cell phone and caught a ride to Big Bend where they met with their parents, according to sheriff’s reports.The troop leader, who was involved with Tuesday morning’s search, called his wife at 8 a.m. and his wife confirmed the missing boys were at their respective homes in Petaluma. Lade said the boys may have been at home as early as 6 p.m. Monday evening.It’s not too uncommon for missing people to turn up at home, Lade said.”Typically someone who’s lost doesn’t know they’re lost – it’s someone else who reports them missing,” he said.If you think you might be lost, or someone else is looking for you, it is best for the search effort if you stay put, Lade said.