News Story


Sheriff's Office Conducts Search for Overdue Hiker
7/30/2017 9:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Sheriff's Office Conducts Search for Overdue Hiker

Report Number:



Mt. Pinos

Date & Time:

7-29-17 / 5:15 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Police / Sheriff's Search and Rescue

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Party), (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Lisa Mathiason



On 7-29-17, after receiving a report of an overdue 77-year old hiker, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office began conducting a ground and air search for the hiker in the Mt. Pinos area.


On 7-29-17, at approximately 5:15 PM, the Sheriff's Office received a report that 77-year old Lisa Mathiason was several hours overdue from an expected two-hour hike that began at the Chula Vista parking lot in the Mt. Pinos area.  Mathiason left the Chula Vista parking lot at approximately 10:00 AM and was due to return at approximately 12:00 PM. 


The Sheriff's Office immediately began a search for Mathiason in the air and on the ground, but Mathiason has yet to be located.  There is no foul play suspected in Mathiason's disappearance.


Mathiason is described as a 77-year old white female, 5'4', 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes, wearing a white or blue flowered shirt, white sweater, white or blue cargo pants and carrying a multi-colored backpack.


Anyone who has seen Mathiason is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Communications Center at 805-654-9511.


Due to the limited phone coverage in the Mt. Pinos area, all media updates will come from the Sheriff's Watch Commander


Prepared by:

Captain Eric Tennessen


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sheriff's Watch Commander



Approved by:

Captain Eric Tennessen