Four rescued after sojourn in woods
Four Yuba City residents can count themselves lucky, even if three ended their wilderness adventure in jail.
A worker with Nevada Irrigation District decided to investigate after noticing a vehicle parked behind a locked gate at the Deer Creek Powerhouse off Chalk Bluff Road at about 2:20 p.m. Sunday, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.
He quickly found two men and a woman nearby, suffering from mild symptoms of hypothermia, Royal said. They declined medical attention, but said a fourth person in the vehicle was missing.
According to TV news reports, the three people who initially were found told authorities they had been looking for a missing friend and then got lost themselves. The man who first went missing was among the group, but another member was gone, apparently getting separated from the group at some point.
“Their stories were confusing,” Royal said. “They were inconsistent.”
Douglas Marshall, 32; Amber Marie Morris, 31; and Jason Allen Sheehan, 35, were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and booked into county jail. The two men were placed on parole holds. Morris was released on $1,000 bail.
Meanwhile, a lengthy search was under way for the missing man, identified as Peter Ticknor, 35. A search and rescue team with canines and handlers was dispatched and Ticknor was found at about 8:40 p.m. by a search and rescue dog west of the Deer Creek Forebay, about two miles from the vehicle.
“He had fallen in the water and was taken to the hospital for hypothermia,” Royal said.
It was unknown whether charges would be filed against Ticknor, who also is on parole, Royal added. Ticknor was arrested in 2007 in Sutter County of suspicion of burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.
To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4229.
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