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Sheriff’s Office Update: Missing Man Located After Search of Forest

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

A water-truck driver who spent a icy-cold night stuck on a remote dirt road in the forest west of Susanville was located by a Lassen County Sheriff’s Deputy after a search of the area according to details provided by LCSO Sergeant Dustin Russell.

On February 4th, shortly after 11:00a.m., the LCSO Dispatch Center received a call from the employer of a man who did not arrive back at his hotel room in Quincy after work the night before as expected. He also failed to show up for work the next morning.

The employer was able to ping the individual’s work phone and get GPS coordinates to help deputies narrow the search area.

“The coordinates were determined to be a quarter mile north of Highway 44, 17 miles west of HWY 36,” explained Russell. “Deputies from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office responded in attempt to locate the individual. After a diligent search, a deputy located the individual off a remote dirt road, approximately seven miles north of highway 44.”

According to Russell the man driving the water truck got lost and became stuck in the snow sometime on the afternoon of February 3rd and was unable to get out. He was unable to call for help because there is no cell service in that area of the woods.

“The overnight temperatures were below ten degrees,” said Russell. “The individual was grateful the deputy was able to locate him, as he felt he would not have made it through the next night.”

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