News Story


Missing Person Located
6/23/2017 7:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Missing Person Located


Pentachaeta Trail, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Westlake Village CA


Date & Time:

June 23, 2017

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Search & Rescue

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Search & Rescue

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

National Park Service

Sierra Madre Search & Rescue



On June 22, 2017, a missing person report was made with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office that Clyde Miller, 65 years old, from Thousand Oaks, had not been seen since June 17, 2017. An investigation ensued which led investigators to the trailhead for the Pentachaeta trailhead in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy located near Triunfo Canyon Road in Westlake Village. Deputies located a vehicle belonging to Mr. Miller near the trailhead. Multiple search and rescue resources were immediately called upon to begin a search of the backcountry for any clues leading investigators to the whereabouts of Mr. Miller.


Today, the cooperative search with multiple agencies coming together continued. This search included the use of trained search and rescue volunteers, helicopter air units, mounted horse units, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Sheriff's investigators also utilized social media to solicit help from the public in locating Mr. Miller.


Late this afternoon a private citizen provided information that led search teams to focus on a particular area. At about 5:30 PM, a Sheriff's helicopter located a male adult fitting the description of Mr. Miller in the focused search area. Paramedics were hoisted down into a ravine where the subject was found to attempt a rescue. At this time the paramedics determined the subject was deceased. Currently, there is no indication of foul play. This investigation is continuing, and positive identification is pending from the Los Angeles County Coroner.


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the efforts from the public in providing information and assistance with the search efforts.



Prepared by:

Sgt. Kevin Donoghue


News Release Date:

June 23, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Kevin Donoghue 805-797-7131



Approved by:

Captain Garo Kuredjian



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).