Missing Hiker Alert 7/5 Sierra NF (Unresolved)

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Missing Hiker Alert 7/5 Sierra NF (Unresolved)

Post by maverick » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:02 pm

Madera Co Sheriff's Dept:
7/5 (3 PM EST) Just a brief update for everyone with what we have learned. Her car is a Light Silver Saab 9-5, California plates. There are search teams out now and a helicopter. The campsite found in the Johnson Meadows area (between Beasore and Minaret Rds) with her belongings was quite disheveled. Things thrown about all over-almost as if her car and belongings had been emptied carelessly.
Please keep looking, sharing, and praying.

Need help locating a missing person in the Sierra National Forest

I received a call last night from the Madera County Sheriff’s office stating that my aunt’s camp, documents, and personal information were found in the Johnson Meadows region (between Beasore Rd. and Minarets Rd.) of the Sierra National Forest on Thursday. Family has not had contact with her since 6/26. We filed a missing person report last night, but are looking for help or any information that anyone in the area may have. I have included some recent photos from her travels in hopes that someone may recognize her. Please keep your eyes out if you are in the area. She may also be driving a light grey SAAB 9-5 if she left the mountains. Her name is Sandra Johnsen Hughes. Any information can be passed on to me or the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (559) 675-7770. Thank you!
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Update 7/7

Post by maverick » Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:37 am

Madera Co Sheriff's Dept:
7/7 (8 AM EST) New map added with car and location of initial disheveled camp/belongings

7/6 (9 PM EST) Her car was located off of Road 5S70, while the initial disheveled camp was located off of Road 5S13. They thoroughly searched both areas and conducted interviews the past two days, but have not made contact with Sandra. Furthermore, they have not had any additional reported sightings. Please keep looking if you are in the area and report anything to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Forest Service, or myself. We are so incredibly thankful and grateful for those of you who have helped us so far. We can’t thank you enough.
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Update 7/7

Post by maverick » Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:44 pm

Madera Co Sheriff's Dept:
Her vehicle appears to have been involved in a collision with a tree. She has been sighted by others on foot since the vehicle was located. We are continuing to search for her with our OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) Team.
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Update 7/8

Post by maverick » Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:31 am

Madera Co Sheriff's Dept:
“Your family is worried about you” - the words written on a sticker left on Sandra Johnsen Hughes’ car say it all.
MCSO Corporal Chris Williams organized and is leading a search and rescue in the Sierra National Forest for Hughes, who went missing while camping alone. Deputies and volunteers from Kern County Sheriff, Tulare County Sheriff and Fresno County Sheriff came to help, along with CAL OES and our own Search and Rescue Team. California Air National Guard is also assisting with aerial searches.
If you see her, please contact us. #searchandrescue #maderacounty #sierranationalforest #mountains #wilderness #sheriff #deputy #service #dedication
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Update 7/28

Post by maverick » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:52 am

Madera Co Sheriff's Dept:
Sandra Johnsen Hughes was last seen by family on 6/26.

On July 2nd, other hikers found her camping gear and supplies abandoned and strewn about near Johnson Meadows. They contacted MCSO to report found property. After receiving the report we contacted Hughes’ family. A missing persons report was made at that time.

On the afternoon of July 5th, her vehicle (a silver Saab) was located near the Chiquito Creek trailhead and campground. It appears to have been involved in a collision with a tree.

We have not towed it from the area in case she returns to it.

She has been sighted on foot by others since her car was located.

While we still have an active, ongoing Search and Rescue Operation for Sandra, that operation has been scaled down slightly in size.
After two weeks of continuous searching for missing person Sandra Johnsen Hughes, using mutual aid assets from all over the state as well as the Air National Guard for helicopter and overflight reconnaissance of the area, MCSO has released all assisting assets and will continue conducting search of Sandra through investigation and following up on tips.

We are asking anyone hiking in the Chiquito Lake or Chain Lakes Basin just inside the Yosemite National Park border to please keep an eye out for Sandra. If you see her please try to make contact and document your coordinates with GPS. Immediately contact the Madera County Sheriff’s Office or Yosemite National Park Rangers as soon as possible.
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