The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office reported that the search for father and son Joseph and Cody Hopkins of Humboldt County involved Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team members and California Highway Patrol aviation units with assistance from the Klamath National Forest, California Army National Guard aviation units from Sacramento, Oregon SAR units, and many other northern California SAR assets.
Two missing hikers were found in the remote Marble Mountain Wilderness area in the early evening of July 4 after a search that began June 30.
Joseph Hopkins, age 54, and his 14-year old son Cody Hopkins of Humboldt County were expected to return from their 10 day hike June 29, according to a news release from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that the search involved Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team members and California Highway Patrol aviation units with assistance from the Klamath National Forest, California Army National Guard aviation units from Sacramento, Oregon SAR units, and many other northern California SAR assets.
The father and son were reported to be hiking in the Wooley Creek area but were eventually found in “a remote drainage, a considerable distance from the initial search area,” according to the release. “Both father and son were in relatively good shape considering their ordeal and they were reunited with family members shortly after their rescue.”
Sheriff Jon Lopey praised “the many brave SCSO and allied-agency search and rescue personnel who tirelessly searched for the missing father and son over a period of several days on land and from the air. The assistance we received from all participating agencies, including the extensive support from the CHP, Army National Guard, and USFS was pivotal and greatly appreciated. We are grateful Mr. Hopkins and Cody were found safe and are doing well.”
The Sheriff’s Office offered a reminder to hikers and campers to “always notify a family member or other reliable person of your plans, schedule, specific routes, and always carry emergency items such as a charged cell phone, GPS, transponder, flashlight, first aid kit, and adequate clothing, food, water, shelter, and other supplies. Consider carrying emergency signal devices such a portable signal light, whistle, signal mirror, etc. It is a good idea to obtain an accurate map, carry a compass and know how to use it, and hike on main trails that are heavily traveled and maintained. In this case, information received from the family of the missing hikers helped SAR elements with what turned out to be a long, arduous, but successful search operation.”