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Search continues for missing hiker near South Yuba River Trail

Emily Lavin
Staff Writer

Search and rescue teams led by the Nevada County Sheriff's Office continue to comb the area surrounding the South Yuba River Trail near Washington for signs of a 75-year-old hiker last seen Thursday.

As of Monday afternoon, teams had still not located Timothy Hansston, of Tulare County, said Sheriff Keith Royal.

Hansston had been camping with his wife at the River Rest Resort on Washington Road. Hansston's wife last saw him on Thursday, when Hansston took off on a hike, driving his car over to the trailhead, Royal said.

The teams on site have focused their search on the trails that run along and off that portion of the South Yuba River, Royal said. The California Highway Patrol has also flown a helicopter over the area.

Royal said the search and rescue teams have brought in cadaver dogs, who are specially trained to sense if someone is underwater or perhaps lodged in another hard-to-see place. A ropes team from Marin County is also headed to the area to drop down into terrain that might be hard to otherwise reach, in case Hansston fell to a lower elevation, Royal said.

Search and rescue teams, which have been on site since Friday, are expected to stay in the area at least through Wednesday, Royal said.

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Hansston's disappearance is the second sheriff's office-led search and rescue effort in the last week. After a two-day search, teams on Saturday discovered the body of Reno resident Bill Bacigalupi, 44, in the terrain northeast of Emerald Pools. Authorities believe Bacigalupi had been swimming in the pools and lost his way while exploring the nearby area.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email elavin@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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