News Story


Missing Juvenile Found After 14 Hour Search
1/17/2016 2:57:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Missing juvenile found after 14 hour search

Report Number:



Tree Ranch Rd, Upper Ojai area

Date & Time:

01/17/16 @ 1205 hrs

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office and Upper Ojai Search and Rescue

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Sammy Evans

Upper Ojai



On January 16, 2016, Sammy's mother reported him missing from their residence in the Upper Ojai area.  Approximately 16 members from the Upper Ojai Search and Rescue team responded and began searching the area for Sammy.  The Ventura County Sheriff's Aviation unit along with the Upper Ojai Search and Rescue team is happy to announce they located Sammy at approximately 1205 hours near Thomas Aquinas College. A tip from a citizen led rescuers to Sammy's location.  While searching the area where he was last seen, search and rescue members along with help from the aviation unit located Sammy. Sammy was missing for approximately 14 hours. Although Sammy was thirsty and hungry, he was not injured and did not require any medical attention. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office and Upper Ojai Search and Rescue would like to thank the public for their assistance.



Prepared by:

Deputy Scott Baugher


News Release Date:

January 17, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Deputy Scott Baugher



Approved by:

Stephen Wade  Captain



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).