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March 31, 2014
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Local team assists with search for missing runner


Monday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office had more than 60 searchers looking for a Modesto man who was reported missing Sunday afternoon, including a team from Nevada County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue.

He was running the Western States trail outside of Foresthill with a group.

Robert Root, 55, was last seen around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, said Placer spokeswoman Dena Erwin.

He then apparently got separated from the group.

When the runners returned to their starting point, they realized Root was missing.

They ran back into the rugged canyon area, but were unable to find him. They called the sheriff’s office at 3:20 p.m.

He was wearing running shorts and a light jacket.

A search began immediately, then resumed at 6 a.m. Monday.

More than 60 searchers were looking for Root, with hikers, search dogs, motorcycles, 4x4s, and horse teams in the canyon.

Teams from Nevada and El Dorado counties joined the search, plus the CHP and Placer County Sheriff’s helicopters. Most of the searchers are volunteers who have gone through hundreds of hours of training.

If Root is not found Monday, the search will resume Tuesday at 6 a.m., Erwin said.


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