ALPINE COUNTY — Crews are searching for a hiker who went missing in Alpine County.
Brooke Wells has gone on many hiking trips with his uncle, attorney Bradford Dozier of Elk Grove.
“Great climber. He can climb with ropes. He’s a class 3, class 4 plus climber,” Wells told FOX40. “If he’s able to, if he’s mobile, he can survive for a long time.”
Dozier left the Sacramento area Saturday morning to go hiking in Alpine County and never returned.
His cell phone last pinged in the area that day, according to the family. His car was found the next day at the Tamarack Trailhead at Lower Blue Lake Campground.
The widespread search and rescue operation involving nine agencies fanned out from that location.
“A person within his fitness level who likes to do what he does, and he does it regularly, especially in this area,” said Alpine County Undersheriff Spencer Case. “He knows our terrain so that makes us feel much better about searching for him.”
“A heartfelt thank you from the family to the search and rescue volunteers and the sheriff’s deputies and the National Guard. They’re wonderful people up there who are working their tails off to try to get Brad home safely,” Wells said.
Those experts are asking the public to avoid the area, leaving this operation in the hands of the trained professionals.
“Really we don’t want to follow tracks that have nothing to do with our search or get somebody injured out there and then we have to divert resources to that individual,” Case said.
Dozier is 5 feet 10 inches tall and 190 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark green, long-sleeved shirt, olive hiking pants and hiking shoes or boots.
If Dozier is perhaps lost and still on foot, his nephew believes he could come out of the woods anywhere along Highways 88 or 4 in the general Carson Pass area. Even if you think you’ve seen him, you’re asked to contact the Alpine County Sheriff’s Department.