The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team received notification of a missing mountain biker Friday January 29th just before 9:00PM. Team members responded to the AMRT headquarters and began prepping for a late night search. Because of the large amount of terrain to be searched, AMRT called in Montrose SAR to assist.
Based on information from the missing mountain bikers riding partner, teams were deployed to various locations to cover as much ground as possible.
While rescuers searched throughout the night, the team leader began to prep for increased efforts at first light. Calls were made to surrounding teams, with support from Sierra Madre, San Dimas, Santa Clarita and Malibu arriving for a 7:00AM deployment.
LASD Air Rescue 5 was utilized to insert teams into the mountains and expand the search to cover more trails and recanvas trails initially searched in the dark.
Members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team had prepared a missing persons flyer from images provided of the missing person with his bike. These were distributed at first light to hikers and bikers at the trailheads.
Shortly after 10:00AM on Saturday January 30th, a call was received from a mountain biker who noticed a tire in the bushes. The informant had heard about the missing person from others on the trail that had handouts. Upon further inspection, he discovered the bike and body of the missing mountain biker.
Two members from AMRT were a short distance away, and upon arrival secured the scene while Air Rescue 5 dropped a paramedic down to the location. The paramedic pronounced the missing mountain biker at the scene. He was later transported via Air Rescue 5 to Farnsworth Park. The cause of death was not known at the time the operation was concluded.
The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team would like to thank everyone who responded to aid in the search. It is never a good day when the end of an operation is a recovery and not a rescue. Our hearts go out the victim and his family.