MSAR Joins Search in San Luis Obispo


Four Montrose Search and Rescue (MSAR) members, along with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept.-Crescenta Valley Station Sgt. John Gilbert, spent the weekend in the San Luis Obispo County area searching for Kyle Doan, a missing 5-year-old boy.

According to reports, Doan’s mother was driving him to elementary school on Jan. 9 when they were swept away by rising floodwaters in San Marcos Creek near San Miguel. Due to the floodwaters the vehicle drifted and hit a tree. The water swept the boy from his mother.

Since Jan. 9 there have been numerous searches for the boy with no results. The searches have included drones as well as boots-on-the-ground teams.

The search was for the boy or anything identifying him, like clothing, but as of Sunday night it did not appear the crews found Kyle, according to Gilbert.

Another weekend search that MSAR joined was with Altadena Mountain Rescue in the Chaney Trail area searching for a 65-year-old missing hiker. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. Albert Baer Zisook was last seen on July 1 at 6 a.m. in the vicinity of Brown Mountain near Chaney Trail and Alta Loma Drive in Altadena.

“Depending on his direction of travel, he likely passed through Tom Sloan Saddle and/or Ken Burton Trail Junction,” according to Altadena Mountain Rescue.