Officials: Report of lost hikers is unfounded |

Officials: Report of lost hikers is unfounded

Search and rescue officials have determined the report of a man and his girlfriend who may have become lost in the snowy Grouse Ridge area over the holiday weekend was a false alarm.

A hiker reported to the sheriff’s office that he encountered a man named “Ben” who was looking for his girlfriend, “Lily,” on a trail in the Grouse Ridge area about six miles away from the Grouse Ridge Lookout Monday afternoon.

He said his girlfriend was lost, according to the caller, but the man did not want to call law enforcement.

A group of approximately 10 Nevada County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers went out to the area this morning to search for anyone who may have become lost, said Search and Rescue coordinator Walt Jones.

A campsite 400 yards from the lookout was located by a hiker, along with a car with a registered owner from New York.

The car was gone by the time searchers arrived to search the area.

The Grouse Ridge area is at an elevation of 6,000 feet, Jones said, and there are patches of snow on the well-populated trails.

Searchers scouted about six miles into the Glacier Lake area. They found no one in distress and no abandoned vehicles, Jones said.

“Supposedly this (the lookout) was a starting point for the hikers and there should have been a vehicle left behind,” he said. “There were no tracks that could tell us anything was wrong, and I haven’t received any calls from any family members to report a missing person.”

Jones called off the search at about 2 p.m. today.

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