JoCoSAR is responding to this request with a team to manage the overhead of the search tonight. More info as we learn it.
Feb 18, 2011 source Hat tip: Ernie Coffman
Mount Shasta: At about 7 p.m. Thursday the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to the Mount Shasta Ski Park in response to a report of a possible missing snowboarder, an SCSO press release stated. The snowboarder, Alexander Gautreaux, 23, of Mount Shasta, was reported missing by his family on Thursday. He last contacted a relative at around 12:30 p.m. that day, advising them he was making one last run on his snowboard at the Mount Shasta Ski Park.Members of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team (SAR), headed by Deputy Celeste Fowler, and several SAR volunteers responded to the ski park after the man was reported missing. After formulating a search plan with the Ski Park Ski Patrol, an exhaustive search was conducted until around 3 a.m. Friday, but Gautreaux was not found.
Crews used ski patrol, snowmobiles, Snow-Cats and tracked vehicles, which are able to traverse extreme terrain. The search was hampered by falling snow, fog and the icy and freezing temperatures, the release stated. Mutual Aid has been requested from other counties, and search and rescue personnel from Oregon’s Jackson and Josephine counties along with Trinity, Lassen and Shasta counties have responded to the ski park for a more extensive search that began around 9 a.m. Friday. The sheriff’s office has also requested aerial search support from the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Anyone with information about Gautreaux’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 841-2900.