EL DORADO COUNTY --
Sunday marked the ninth day in the search for a Bay Area man, 44-year-old Eddie Cavanaugh, who was last seen on his dirt bike riding through the Eldorado National Forest.
While teams of experts scour the forest area, bringing years of experience and training, dozens of Cavanaugh's family and friends joined the search, equipped with desperation, and hope.
"If anyone can figure out how to survive out there in that type of terrain and circumstances, it's him," said Cavanaugh's sister, Debbie. She and Cavanaugh's other sister, Karen, flew in Thursday from New York. Cavanaugh's mother and brother also came to El Dorado County from other states for the rescue effort.
Family members say they haven't lost faith that Cavanaugh is still alive. They describe him as an avid outdoorsman, certainly no stranger to wilderness. They do worry, however, because he's diabetic and has been nine days without insulin.
"Everybody loves our brother, everybody. And everybody wants to help," Karen said.
"We had six outside agencies today consisting of motorcycles, quads, foot teams that searched the area extensively," said El Dorado County Sgt. Todd Hammond.
Sunday alone, search and rescue covered more than 150 miles of terrain, which according to Hammond, isn't easy ground to cover.
"The terrain is a huge impact, there's a lot of steep caverns, cliff sides, a lot of rocky trails that even walking them are very treacherous," Hammond said.
Cavanaugh's family says they appreciate the effort from both law enforcement and friends who've joined the search. They want to remain strong, though the reality of their brothers situation certainly hasn't been easy on them.
"[The support] is beautiful to see, and we're so proud of him. We know that about him but, it's a nightmare. It's a nightmare at the same time," said both Karen and Debbie.
Search and rescue crews will head back out into the forest around 7:30 am, and plan on being out until the sun goes down.
Sheriff's deputies ask that if anyone in the Eldorado National Forest area sees anything remotely out of the ordinary, they call the sheriff's department at (530)-621-6600.