On the morning of November 2, 2018, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two hunters from the Elko, Nevada area who had went missing while hunting in Area 31, located in northern Humboldt County. The 66-year-old man and his girlfriend had not been seen since the evening of October 29th and family members had been unable to contact them by phone. Efforts to locate the cellular phones of each subject were not successful due to the remoteness of the area where they were hunting. In an effort to locate the missing hunters, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Nevada Department of Emergency Management to request the assistance of Civil Air Patrol and the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.
Both agencies provided assistance in the form of air support and digital tracking; and a search from the air was conducted with a private airplane by a local volunteer who located the subjects and helped to direct a Deputy to their location. The Deputy found they were in good health and their vehicle had become stuck in rough terrain. The Deputy assisted them with removing the vehicle and traveling back to Winnemucca. Due to limited cellular phone and other communications services, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office encourages people who travel in to the back country areas to leave detailed information regarding their travel plans in the event they experience an emergency.
Courtesy: Lt. Sean Wilkin, HCSO