Search Team Find Clues While Looking for Missing Runner

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Placer County Sheriff’s Office says search teams found clues while looking for missing endurance runner Robert Root on Monday.

Lt. Kevin Borden said the team found “disrupted ground” in the Michigan Bluff area near Foresthill. Fifty-five-year-old Root was running in the area with a group Sunday morning when he got separated.

Search teams were called out on Sunday. By Monday, the team had grown to 57 people. Four search dogs, two helicopters and horses were also a part of the search. A small team from Lake Tahoe searched for Root Monday night. About 80 people are expected to search for Root starting 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Lt. Borden said it was urgent that the teams find Root as soon as possible. He said Root wasn’t dressed for evening temperatures. Root also suffers minor health problems and is visually impaired, but wasn’t wearing his glasses during the time of his run.

Although Placer County Sheriff’s Deputies and search teams hope to save Root, it wasn’t long ago when Root was the one doing the saving.

In 2010, Root ran the Modesto Midnight Half Marathon. He administered CPR to an unconscious runner and was later honored by the Red Cross.

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