Mt. Whitney / Missing Hiker

On Sunday May 18, 2014, at about 8:40pm, Inyo County dispatch received a call regarding a missing hiker on Mt. Whitney.  The missing hiker, 57 year old Los Angeles man William Tseng, had not been seen since noon that day.

After interviewing William’s brother, Robert Tseng, it was determined that Robert, William, and two others left the Mt. Whitney trailhead at about 2:00am to day hike to Mt. Whitney.  After about ten hours of hiking, William became tired and stopped at Trail Camp to rest and adjust his crampons while the rest of the group continued on.  The hiking group completed their hike and began the descent down the trail – at no point did anyone see William.  Once back at the Whitney Portal parking lot, the hikers became even more concerned when William was not at the vehicle. The three hikers spoke with several people coming off the trail to try and determine if anyone had seen William.

On Monday May 19, 2014, at about 5:30am, five Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR) team members drove to Mt. Whitney to start the search for William. By 8:00am, the SAR team located William walking down the trail towards Whitney Portal.  William was in good health and uninjured; he was escorted to Whitney Portal where he was reunited with his family.

Thank you Inyo County SAR for your response and hard work!

Wyman Canyon SAR

On Sunday May 11, 2014, at about 10:30am, the Inyo County Sheriff dispatch was contacted by Michael Bradshaw (71 from Eagle, CO.).  Michael said his brother, Steven Bradshaw (62 from Los Angeles), was in a ravine in Wyman Canyon and could not get out. Michael was concerned that his brother was exhausted and becoming increasingly dehydrated. By 1:00pm 9 members of Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR) team arrived at Deep Springs College to meet up with Michael, where he was waiting.  Shortly after, the Inyo County SAR team headed up Wyman Canyon to locate Steven.

At about 2:45pm, 2 Inyo County deputies arrived at Wyman Canyon with OHV’s to assist in the search for Steven.  After driving approximately 15 miles, the deputies met up with members of the SAR team.  The deputies were told that 6 SAR members were ascending a narrow canyon in an attempt to locate Steven.  Shortly after the deputies started up the narrow canyon with the OHVs a SAR team member advised that they located Steven and he was uninjured and in good health.

Two anonymous subjects, who were in the area on OHVs, gave Steven a ride down the canyon to the deputy’s location.  Steven said he was riding his motorcycle down a ravine when his motorcycle stopped running due to mechanical problems.  Steven said he was unable to get his motorcycle started and had to stay the night.  Steven was driven back to Deep Springs College where he was reunited with Michael.

Thank you to the Inyo County SAR team for your quick response!

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