News Story


Sheriff's Search & Rescue Team Headed to Big Sur in Monterey County to Assist in Search for Missing Person
8/22/2014 10:20:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Search and Rescue Mutual Aid




Monterey County / Big Sur

Date & Time:

August 22, 2014

Units Responsible:

Fillmore, Upper Ojai, and East Valley Search and Rescue


City of Residence


Arvin Nelson

Big Sur




The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is sending a contingent of search and rescue (SAR) volunteers to assist the Monterey County Sheriff's Department in the search for Arvin Nelson.


Nelson, a seasoned outdoorsman, was reported overdue on August 16.  Nelson was expected to return to the Big Sur area on August 14.  Nelson began a nine day trek that started from the China Camp trailhead in the Los Padres National Forrest and was expected to end at the Big Sur Station trailhead in the area of Big Sur.


A total of fifteen volunteers comprised from the Fillmore, Upper Ojai, and East Valley Search and Rescue Mountain teams departed Ventura County in the early hours of August 22.  The SAR team members are expected to be inserted by helicopter on Friday August 22 into the search area.  They are expected to be picked up by helicopter on Saturday August 23 in the afternoon hours. 


A majority of search and rescue teams in the State of California are comprised of volunteers.  Their skills and knowledge of the back county make them valuable assists to the counties they serve. 


Prepared by:

Deputy Chris Dyer


Media Release Date:

August 22, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Deputy Chris Dyer  (805) 535-0270




Approved by:


Captain Luis Obregon