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Missing Sierra hiker, his dog found ‘alive and well’ after 3-day search

Kevin MacMillan
Cody Michael reportedly texted this photo to his family Monday morning.
Courtesy PCSO |

UPDATE: 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19:

It appears a happy ending is in the works to the three-day search for a missing Sierra Nevada hiker and his dog.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday that Cody Michael, 23, of Rocklin, Calif., had been found “alive and well.”

His dog, Bauer, “is safe and healthy, too!” according to PCSO.

Both were reportedly found in the Cherry Point area of Placer County.

Further details were not immediately known — visit the PCSO Facebook page at facebook.com/PlacerSheriff to follow the updates and view videos.

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UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19:

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office-led search for Cody Michael wrapped up for the evening on Wednesday night.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t find Cody or his dog today, despite the efforts of more than 50 dedicated search and rescue volunteers from Placer and El Dorado counties, plus Tahoe Nordic team members,” according to a PCSO statement. “Two Blackhawk helicopters from California National Guard enabled us to expand the search area and get our searchers where they needed to be. All technology available to us is being utilized, including checking the photo and video he sent to his family for location information.”

On Wednesday night, a National Guard Lakota helicopter was scheduled to fly over the area with thermal-seeking cameras and night-vision.

“We’re not giving up in our search for Cody, and we’ll be back out there first thing (Thursday) morning with additional resources,” according to PCSO.


UPDATE 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18:

On its Facebook page, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office released a video that missing hiker Cody Michael apparently sent to his family Monday morning from the Loch Leven trail.

“If anyone knows this particular area, please call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office at 530-886-5375,” officials said in the update. “Unfortunately, there is still no sign of Cody and his dog Bauer, but we’re searching the entire mountain with dozens of searchers and two Blackhawk helicopters.”

Visit the PCSO Facebook page at facebook.com/PlacerSheriff to view the video.



DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. — Emergency crews continued Wednesday to comb trails and remote high-elevation areas throughout Donner Summit for a Northern California man who reportedly went missing Monday while hiking with his dog.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office began a search and rescue operation Tuesday morning for Cody A. Michael, 23, of Rocklin, Calif., who didn’t return home as planned on Monday.

Michael reportedly texted a photo of him and his dog, a German shepherd, to his family Monday morning while he was hiking, saying “he would be leaving the area by noon,” according to a PCSO statement. It was the last time family or friends heard from him.

“If anyone was hiking in the Loch Leven area, near Hampshire Rocks Road, on Sunday or Monday, and saw Cody Michael and his German shepherd, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 530-886-5375,” officials said in a media release.

The Loch Leven Lakes Trailhead is located at Emigrant Gap, east of Cisco Grove and west of Kingvale, roughly a half hour west as the crow flies of Donner Lake.

Placer County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue ground and dog teams began hiking the area Tuesday, and the California Highway Patrol was called to assist with air support, although it was not possible Tuesday due to windy conditions.

The PCSO snowmobile team also was deployed Tuesday afternoon due to “a lot of snow at the higher elevation,” according to a statement.

As of 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, more than 30 searchers picked up the search throughout the Loch Leven Lakes Trailhead area. A helicopter from the National Guard will shuttle searchers to higher elevations, according to PCSO.

“Through our mutual aid request, we were fortunate to get assistance from El Dorado County and Tahoe Nordic searchers for today,” according to a PCSO statement. “We also have five California Rescue Dog Association dogs working, who will sniff items from Cody’s car, then follow those scents along the trail.”

Michael is described as 5-feet, 10-inches tall, 175 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing the clothes in the photo, and his vehicle was found at the trailhead.

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