Search on for missing Stampede boater |

Search on for missing Stampede boater

Greyson HowardSearch-and-rescue personnel prepare gear at Stampede Reservoir Wednesday morning. Crews from multiple agencies are looking for a fisherman who went missing Saturday.

Area law enforcement officials are asking for help from anyone with information on a 66-year-old fisherman reported missing Saturday at Stampede Reservoir.

Pete Mueller, a Stockton resident with a second home in Glenshire, was fishing from his boat on Stampede Reservoir Saturday, but did not return home.

Search and rescue efforts began Saturday afternoon, and searchers discovered his boat against the shore Saturday evening. The lake is located in southeastern Sierra County.

“The gentleman came out fishing Saturday morning and was supposed to return around 2:30 or 3 p.m., and when he didn’t his wife went to the neighbors, who came out and saw his truck and trailer was still here (at Stampede Reservoir),” said Sierra Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Eich.

The incident is being treated as a boating accident, Eich said.

“It was nasty Saturday, there were gusty winds and off-and-on rain,” Eich said.

Calm weather Wednesday was expected to aid the search and rescue effort, Eich said, especially with the dogs picking up any scents.

Eich said initial efforts included a boat and three personnel Saturday evening, and then expanded to include a Washoe County sonar boat, dive teams from Nevada, Sierra, and Placer counties, search dogs, as well as air and land teams from various agencies.

“We are still in full search mode, rotating personnel out and bringing in fresh resources from as far away as Ventura County,” Eich said.

Sierra County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Eich said that Pete Mueller was in a white Harborcraft with a green canopy Saturday.

He described Mueller as a white, 66-year-old male with brown hair and blue eyes.

Mueller is 5-11, weighs 185 pounds and was in good physical condition at the time he disappeared, he said.

Anyone with information on Mueller, or who was out on the lake Saturday, is asked to contact Sierra County Sheriff’s at 289-3700.

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