Search and Rescue News

Missing Capitola Man found safe

posted Dec 24, 2018, 7:07 PM by SCZSAR Administrator   [ updated Dec 24, 2018, 7:27 PM ]

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CAPITOLA, Calif. —
The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team has located 74-year-old Martin Fox.


The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team and Capitola Police are looking for a missing Capitola man.

74-year old Martin Fox left his home near Clares Street and Seven Gables Way around 4:30 Sunday morning.

Fox is 5'7", 163 lbs and is believed to be on foot. No details on what he's wearing.

Police say Fox has health issues that put him in danger.

Possible destinations are the Capitola Mall and the Soquel Drive and 41st Avenue shopping center.

If you have any information on Martin's whereabouts, please contact the Capitola PD non-emergency number at (831) 471-1141.

Missing Elderly Woman Found Safe

posted Apr 9, 2016, 6:45 PM by John Mizell   [ updated Apr 9, 2016, 6:46 PM ]

80-year-old Graciela Lopez is safe and in good condition and was found at Capitola Mall. 

Security guards at the Capitola Mall spotted Lopez Saturday afternoon.

Santa Cruz SAR Technical Rescue Training [Video]

posted Apr 8, 2016, 3:53 PM by Santa Cruz County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team   [ updated Apr 8, 2016, 3:56 PM ]

The Santa Cruz Search and Rescue's Technical Rope Rescue team trained on the cliffs above the pacific this February while local photogapher filmed from above. What the short video below to see what we do.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Technical Team Exercise from MultiRotorCam on Vimeo.

SAR Recruitment

posted Jan 22, 2014, 8:36 AM by Santa Cruz County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team   [ updated Jan 15, 2016, 10:39 PM ]

The Santa Cruz Sheriffs Office is currently not accepting applications for volunteers. We will update our website when recruitment opens up. Thank you for your interest.

Matthew Abraham Found Safe

posted Mar 16, 2013, 2:55 PM by Santa Cruz County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team   [ updated Mar 16, 2013, 3:16 PM ]

Scotts Valley man with head injury found after bus odyssey to Utah     

Posted:   03/15/2013 11:26:11 AM PDT    

SCOTTS VALLEY -- A Scotts Valley man who went missing Wednesday night was found safe in Salt Lake City on Friday after a man he was traveling with notified authorities.


Rescue crews find missing woman in Santa Cruz Co.

posted Dec 25, 2012, 11:56 AM by Santa Cruz County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. —After missing for almost 24 hours, a 21-year-old woman who was lost in a forest is back with her family.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the woman disappeared about 2 p.m. Sunday.

Investigators said she had been attending a conference at the Bosch Bahal Conference Center on Comstock Lane.

Deputies said that after returning from an outing, the woman went for a walk on a familiar walking path because she wasn't feeling well.

By nightfall, rescue crews said the woman had become disoriented and was unable to find her way back to camp. After continuing for about a half-mile, she had to seek shelter because of the weather.

Search crews were called out to look for the woman by about 7 p.m. that day.

She was found about 11:30 a.m. Monday by a search and rescue team on motorcycles in a heavily wooded forest.

Paramedics said the woman suffered from slight exposure during her ordeal.

She was reunited with her parents who came in from Los Angeles after being alerted to her disappearance.

Rescue crews find a woman who was missing for almost 24 hours in a forest in Santa Cruz County.

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Body of missing Redwood City man found in Aptos Hills

posted Nov 7, 2012, 11:00 AM by Santa Cruz County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team   [ updated Nov 7, 2012, 11:02 AM ]

APTOS - Search and rescue teams Tuesday found the body of a 74-year-old Redwood City man who had gone missing from a retreat center in the Aptos Hills on Sunday, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said.
George Earl Sliter was found about 10 a.m. Tuesday at the bottom of a ravine above Cabrillo College, near the 600 block of Hudson Lane, deputy April Skalland said.

Coroner's deputies were investigating and Skalland said a cause of death would not be released until after an autopsy was conducted later this week. Sliter was with a group of church friends at Monte Toyon retreat center off Cathedral Drive and reported missing about noon after he didn't attend a 9:15 a.m. service Sunday, deputies said.

Later Sunday morning, two women reported seeing him on a trail accessible from the Vienna Woods neighborhood near Cabrillo College, deputies said. He asked them how to get to Monte Toyon, deputies said.

His body was found not far from Vienna Woods, Skalland said.

"It's about two miles as the crow flies, but who knows how many miles he traveled," she said. "He did get a distance in that terrain."

A full-scale search and rescue operation was launched Sunday and expanded Monday to include teams from neighboring counties, several K-9s, and search volunteers mounted on horses, motorcycles and a quad.

A team from Contra Costa County spotted the body, Skalland said.

"People are packing up now," she said about noon Tuesday, from a command post at Monte Toyon. "It's very somber up here."

Sliter was married and had at least one adult child.

A friend of his who emailed the Sentinel, Grant Huberty of Woodside, said Sliter maintained a busy, selfless life in retirement, volunteering to tutor math students and working tirelessly as an interfaith leader on the Peninsula to build greater understanding and respect between different religious groups.

Huberty said he and Sliter attend the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, which was the group on retreat at Monte Toyon. "He will be sorely missed in our close-knit community," Huberty said. "It's hard to believe we were exchanging emails only days ago and now he's simply gone."

Boy Scouts announce SAR merit badge

posted Aug 20, 2012, 1:58 PM by Santa Cruz County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team

BSA SAR Merit Badge Booklet
BSA SAR emblem
BSA  SAR badge
The Boy Scouts of America have finally made available the requirements for the Search and Rescue Merit Badge.  The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's SAR team will be offering local scouts help in acquiring their SAR merit badge.  Feel free to contact us for more information.

Sereno Group Announces Fundraiser

posted Jul 2, 2012, 10:54 PM by Santa Cruz County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team   [ updated Jul 10, 2012, 11:13 AM ]

Thanks to the Sereno Group for their generous support of the Santa Cruz County SAR team. See their Facebook page and like it!

Search halts for missing Felton man

posted May 24, 2012, 10:48 AM by Santa Cruz County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team

Posted:   05/23/2012 05:47:57 PM PDT

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Jay Barker

FELTON - A search for a 39-year-old Felton man halted Tuesday evening after deputies learned that he had a history of walking away from residential care facilities and returning safely.

A sheriff's volunteer search and rescue team scoured Felton from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday for Jay Kolby Barker, said deputy April Skalland. He was reported missing Monday from his home at Rose Acres Lane, a residential care facility.

Barker will remain on the missing person's list until he is found, Authorities do not anticipate more formal searches unless new information surfaces in the case.

Barker is a dependent adult about 6 feet tall and 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a scar on his left elbow and triceps and typically wears jeans.

Barker frequents the Felton area and smokes cigarettes.

Deputies ask anyone who sees Barker to call 911. Anyone with information is asked to call 471-1121 and reference case 12-04285.

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