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San Rafael Search 11/14/2000

Twenty seven SAR members responded to Northgate Mall to assist San Rafael PD in the search for a 76 y.o. male Alzheimer’s patient that walked away from his care giver. As the search was expanding around the Mall area, Sonoma CHP called and said they had the subject. He was located by an officer walking in the center divider of HWY. 101 in Rohnert Park. It is unknown how he managed to get over 30 miles in five hours with no money. The subject told officers he walked.

Novato Evidence Search 11/11/2000

Twenty two SAR members assisted Sheriff’s detectives in looking for evidence on an ongoing homicide investigation.

Yuba County mutual aid 10/16/2000

Marin SAR was called to search for a 88 y.o.dementia patient missing for several days. Yuba County then called and canceled the request, saying they had found sufficient resources for the next operational period.

Mill Valley Fire assist 10/7/2000

Marin SAR responded eight members to assist Mill Valley Fire in the search for severed fingers after an industrial accident on a large wooded lot. One finger was located during the search effort and transported for re-attachment.

San Anselmo Evidence Search 10/7/2000

Twelve Marin SAR members responded to assist San Anselmo PD in searching for evidence in an attempted homicide. Key evidence was located.

Pt. Reyes Search 10/5/2000

Marin SAR was activated at 11 PM to search for a missing 78 y.o. hiker last seen on Pt. Reyes beach several hours earlier. While enroute, National Park Rangers located the subject during the hasty search, lost but healthy.

San Rafael Evidence Search 9/29/2000

Twelve Marin SAR members responded to assist San Rafael P.D. just before midnight for an evidence search for an attempted homicide. Key evidence was located.

Day 3 8/22/2000

Four members were flown up to replace four returning members and an additional three members drove to the command post for a total on 9 on scene. Members were flown out by National Guard and deployed both around Spirit Lake and the drainage below where the strands of hair were located. Members spent the night in the field

Day 2 8/21/2000

Six Marin members were re-deployed by air to Spirit Lake, searching the ridge to the South of the Lake. Hair confirmed to be Rosemary Kunst was located in heavy brush 1/2 mile South of the Lake by a dog team. Marin responded an additional four members for the next operational period. Resources included SAR teams from Siskiyou, Shasta, Marin, Dogs from WOOF and CARDA and aircraft from Air National Guard and the California Hiway Patrol.

Day 1, Siskiyou County mutual aid 8/20/2000

Six members were flown by our Sheriff’s air Squadron to Scott Valley at 0600 hours for a missing 70 y.o. woman who was last seen near Spirit Lake in the Marble Mountain Wilderness on Friday August 18th. The PLS was located 12 miles from the nearest trailhead, necessitating a helicopter dependent search. Terrain around the lake was steep with many areas of heavy brush, boulders and timber. The missing woman, Rosemary Kunst, was a resident of Marin County. Six additional members assisted Siskiyou County, interviewing family in Marin and collecting track information and scent articles.

Day 5 8/24/2000

Six members and a WOOF dog were re-deployed into the drainage with Siskiyou SAR and area searched additional sections of the drainage. Siskiyou County suspended the search and the end of six of the search. No further clues were located other then the hair strands found in dense brush, about a half mile from the point last seen . Over a 150 searchers and members of the family were involved in the search. The area is said to be some of the most remote and difficult terrain in California.

Day 4 8/23/2000

Members started early and area searched the drainage below where the the hair clue was located with a air scent WOOF dog. Members said searching was difficult with steep terrain, heavy brush and down timber throughout the assignment area. Members were flown back to the command post by CHP helicopter and drove home. Six fresh members left Marin for the next days operations. Other resources in the field included Siskiyou, Del Norte, CARDA WOOF and members of the Kunst family.

Contra Costa County Evidence search 8/19/2000

Fifteen SAR members responded 08/19/00

Muir beach evidence search 8/14/2000

Ten Marin SAR members responded to assist detectives in searching along Route 1 for evidence related to a body located near the roadside. Members were committed for four hours.

Sacramento Delta Evidence Search 8/13/2000

Fifteen Marin SAR members were joined by Contra Costa, Solano and CAL-ESAR SAR teams to search eighteen miles of river shoreline for evidence related for the double homicide in Woodacre and three other related homicides in Contra Costa County. Members were committed all day.

Vallejo Mutual Aid Search 8/11/2000

Mitsi Sanchez Search. 22 Marin SAR members responded to Vallejo to assist in the search for Mitsi. She was last seen leaving school at 3:00pm the previous day. Marin members were on scene at 0100 and assisted in door to door searching and management. By 9pm over 150 searchers from Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Contra Costa, BAMRU, CAL-ESAR, California Youth Authority, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Sacramento and Vallejo Police and Fire Departments covered a wide radius around the PLS, locating no clues. In addition, the FBI assigned numerous agents to the incident. Two days later, in Santa Clara County, Mitsi escaped her abductor. He was captured several hours later and remains in custody.

International Search 8/11/2000

Marin SAR member Kenyon MacConnell responded with the First Special Response group on a search for two hikers who were five days overdue while hiking on the Extinct Volcano of Colima in Southern Mexico. Members endured operating at 14,000 ft , 60 mile an hour winds, poor visibility, heavy rain and incredibly difficult terrain. After being out for 9 days the missing 15 y.o. Mexican national was located alive by Helicopter after be tracked for 12 miles into a drainage. Two additional day were spent searching for the 40 y.o. American before 1SRG had to suspend the mission. He remains missing.

Woodacre Evidence Search 8/10/2000

Six members responded to search additional areas in Woodacre for the double homicide case. Members were committed for six hours.

Kent Lake Search 8/6/2000

Twenty four members responded for a man who called on his cell phone to say that he was lost near Kent Lake and then disconnected. Marin Water District Rangers located the man shortly after requesting SAR near Pine Mountain.

Woodacre Evidence Search 8/3/2000

Ten members responded to assist Sheriff’s investigations for a double homicide in Woodacre.

Alameda County Mutual Aid 7/30/2000

Eleven members responded to Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland Hills to assist in the search for a 48 y.o. despondent man who’s car was located at a pull out the day before. Members were deployed on several field assignments and supported the management team. The subject was located a week later after a second effort by an Alameda SAR Mounted Unit. Other units responding to the incident included Contra Costa, CARDA and East Bay Regional Parks.

Yosemite Rescue 7/22/2000

While on Marin SAR’s annual summer camp in the Yosemite Valley, Ten members assisted YOSAR on a carry-out on the four mile trail. YOSAR received a report of an elderly woman with an injured ankle about 1.5 miles up the trail. Marin members arrived on scene to stabilize the patient and assisted with carry-out.

Siskiyou County Mutual Aid 7/9/2000

Six members were flown by the Marin Air Patrol to a search for a missing hiker in the Siskiyou wilderness near Mt. Preston. Once at the airport, members were picked up by a National Guard Helicopter and taken to the command post. After spending the night members were deployed on a 10 hour assignment to search a large drainage below Preston peak. The terrain was difficult with tallis fields and thick vegetation. On day two members were deployed to search another canyon East of Preston Peak with two CARDA dog teams. At the end of the day the search was suspended and most teams released. The missing subject became separated from his hiking party the Friday before during a lightning storm. He was known to be in good shape and had day hiking equipment. The search was called off because the management team had reason to believe he may be evading search efforts. The subject remains missing at this time. The search was made difficult due to the search area being a 6 hour hike the nearest trailhead, requiring a heavy dependence on helicopters.

Bolinas Evidence Search 5/31/2000

Ten members responded and spent five hours supporting the Investigations Division for a evidence in the coastal town of Bolinas.

Humboldt County Mutual Aid 5/21/2000

Marin was requested to respond for a missing mushroom picker near Eureka. The woman was located shortly after the request was made.

Yosemite Search 5/19/2000

Marin sent twelve members to the Glacier Point area to assist the National Park Service in the search for a missing 79 y.o. hiker that was 24 hours overdue. As we arrived early Saturday morning the subject was located alive and well by an search team sent out to do a trail block. The missing woman said she had been lost and continued to walk nearly the whole time out. We remained in the park for the day and conducted some training prior to heading home.

Mt. Tam Rescue 5/1/2000

Moments after completing the carry-out of the subject on the Mt. Tamaplais search, Marin County Fire requested Marin SAR to respond for a down hiker on the Coastal trail. The subject was over three miles from the trail head. Marin responded with 6 six person carry-out team that included a wheeled litter and medical gear. Marin SAR stabilized the patient and then assisted Southern Marin Paramedics and Marin County Firefighters with the carry-out of the patient. This carry-out was made very difficult due the trail being very narrow and on a steep slope. Total time to respond and complete the rescue was over four hours. Patient was transported with a leg injury to Marin General Hospital.

Mt. Tam Search 4/30/2000

Marin SAR responded for a missing 44 y.o. man on Mt. Tamalpais after State Park Rangers found a his vehicle in a pull-out after hours and contacted his girlfriend who stated he was missing. During the investigation of the car and further interviews by the management team it was determined he may have committed suicide. Twenty five ground searchers and four CADRA dog teams searched a wide area around the car between 1900 and 0100. hours. At 0700 hours the next morning the search was expanded with mutual aid from Sonoma, Solano and Contra Costa SAR teams and a CHP helicopter. The subject was located deceased by a Marin team at 0930, about 1/2 mile from the subjects vehicle. State Park and Marin Water District Rangers and a Helicopter from Sonoma County Sheriff’s department also assisted in the search.

Novato Search 4/24/2000

Marin SAR was requested by Novato PD to assist in the search for a missing 12 y.o. girl and 8 y.o. boy with a mental age of 4, who left out the back bedroom window of a foster home at 2200 hrs. SAR deployed seven ground teams and three CARDA dogs teams on numerous assignments to cover parks, schools and open space areas between 0230 and 0700 hrs. Two members were assigned to investigations. Novato PD dedicated four officers on a continuous patrol of all streets in the area. After the hasty search was completed mutual aid was requested from Sonoma, Contra Costa and Alameda County SAR teams. At 0930 hours, Novato PD located the subjects hiding under a bed in a house known to the two children. It is believed they snuck in, unknown to the residents, through an unlocked door. The children were hoping the family would adopt them.

San Rafael Search 4/21/2000

Marin SAR was requested by San Rafael PD to search for a 95 y.o. male with dementia that walked away from Kaiser Hospital in San Rafael. As the team was responding the subject was located safe by San Rafael PD.

Marin City Search 4/8/2000

Marin SAR responded at 0230 hrs. to Marin City to assist deputies in the search for a missing 10 y.o. boy who was last seen in a playground near his house at 1700 hrs. the prior afternoon. Three members of the management team were assigned to investigations and quickly turned many leads. Ground search teams and several CARDA teams were deployed at 0530 hrs. to search likely areas. During the investigation it was found that a second 10 y.o. boy was also missing and the pair was likely together. At 0730 hours a K-9 team conducted a field interview and soon found both kids safe, still sleeping at a friends house. Twenty Marin SAR members responded.

Solano County Mutual Aid 3/19/2000

Marin responded twelve members to support Solano SAR and Vallejo PD in searching additional areas for clues on the Fairchild incident.

Day 2 3/4/2000

Marin sent an additional eight members to continue the search and support the management team. The second day several visual sightings were reported over a three hour window. These people report seeing the subject the previous day just prior to her being reported missing. This is the same area several dogs alerted in. Intensive searches are conducted in this area day 2.

Solano County Mutual Aid 3/3/2000

Marin responded twenty-one members to assist in the search for Wilma Joiner, A 70 year old Alzheimer’s patient who was last seen in a care takers home that morning. The search area was a mix of farms, new housing and commercial areas on the east side of Vacaville. Marin with Contra Costa and Alameda relieved Solano teams and search during heavy rains throughout the night.

Day 3 3/5/2000

Twelve members respond to continue the search. By the end of the third day the search is suspended at 10pm after a significant effort that included hundreds of searchers. Participating agencies include SAR teams from Yolo, Sacramento, Contra Costa, Napa, Alameda, Solano, Sonoma, Marin, The California Youth Authority and search dogs from both CARDA and WOOF. In addition, Helicopters from East Bay Regional Parks and Sonoma County S.O. assisted. At one time Vacaville Police had 15 units committed as well. The search has been turned over to Vacaville PD detectives. No further clues were located.

Tennesse Valley Search Standby 1/26/2000

Marin SAR was placed on standby for possible missing youth at risk. The 15 year old male, with a group from San Jose was reported as possibly missing and experiencing vertigo, while on a hike from the GGB Vista point to Tennessee Valley trailhead. Air Patrol and Posse were put on alert. Subject was located with another part of his group and reported as being O.K. by rangers at 1520 hrs.

Novato Evidence Search Day 1 1/22/2000

Marin SAR was activated to search an area adjacent to a homicide crime scene in the Indian Valley Road area of Novato. Teams searched the immediate area and along roadsides. 20 members responded on day 1.

Day 2 1/23/2000

Twelve members responded to search additional areas near the crime scene in the continuing search for evidence related to the homicide.

Day 3 1/24/2000

Eleven members responded to search additional areas near the crime scene in the continuing search for evidence related to the homicide. Grid search conducted adjacent to where suspect’s vehicle was recovered.

Forest Knolls Search 1/11/2000

Marin SAR was activated for a missing 2 year old boy in Forest Knolls. Shortly after activation the child was found by a deputy, barefoot, walking in the rain with the family dog a short distance from the house.