Siskiyou Sheriff's Office reports missing woman found alive

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Pamela Ames

A woman missing for more than a day following a traffic collision near the Dillon Creek Bridge at State Highway 96 was found alive at about 3:20 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported that Pamela Ames, 57, of Weitchpec, was found by the SCSO Search and Rescue team after an extensive search in the remote area where her vehicle was recovered from a rain-swollen creek.

Search and Rescue team members found Ames at the bottom of a steep embankment in rugged terrain, according to the Sheriff’s Office report, and she was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for a check-up and treatment.

Earlier in the day the Sheriff’s Office reported that California Highway Patrol units had responded to a report of a traffic collision at about 11:30 a.m. the previous day with a vehicle submerged in water.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded, the vehicle was found to be unoccupied, and it was recovered from the creek, according to the report.

“Personal items found in vicinity of the incident and other investigative information prompted SCSO to initiate the SAR operation and SCSO detectives also responded to assist with the search effort and a follow-up investigation,” the Sheriff’s Office reported. “An associate of Ms. Ames was contacted and she was last seen in the Wichepec area prior to the incident.”

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey praised responding deputies, detectives, SAR and dive team members, and CHP personnel.

He states in the release that most of the members of the Search and Rescue team are volunteers from Siskiyou County communities, led by Deputy Ryan Welch.

They “did an extraordinary job searching and rescuing Ms. Ames from a very remote and rugged area under adverse weather and environmental conditions,” Lopey states. “We are fortunate to have such professional law enforcement and volunteer members of the involved agencies which made this a team effort that led to the successful rescue of an endangered person.”

The Sheriff said, “Their efforts likely saved Ms. Ames’ life, especially in view of her condition, the cold temperatures, precipitation, and rugged terrain.”

The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with more information to call its 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.