MISSING MOTORIST (FOUND): ARIZONA PEACE TRAILS, HUALAPAI MOUNTAINS

Published by The Bee News

April 21, 2024

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About 5pm Saturday (4/20) evening, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a male motorist reporting his 70-year-old male friend missing while traveling on the Arizona Peace Trail in the Hualapai Mountains. He was in a UTV and his missing friend was on an ATV. His friend was riding ahead of him and they would occasionally lose sight of each other, but not for long. An extended amount of time had passed without seeing his friend on the ATV, so he waited a little bit and then decided to continue to their refueling station in Wikieup. When he got to Wikieup and realized his friend was not there, he called the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office to report him missing. Search and Rescue and the Western Air Rescue DPS Helicopter from Kingman were activated and began a route and location search. Ground teams began from the Wikieup side and the Yucca side of the Hualapai Mountains and the helicopter began searching Arizona Peace Trail along Flag Mine Road towards Wikieup. The helicopter located him a couple hundred feet below the trail. He had rolled his ATV off the trail and stayed with his vehicle. He also opened a blue tarp, increasing his visibility and placed his helmet at the trail above as a sign for help. He then returned to his ATV, where he had additional supplies. He had texted his friend that he had crashed, but the message did not send – as there was no cell service in this area. The helicopter was able to land and transport him back to the Command Post where he was reunited with his friend. He was very lucky and glad he had been wearing his helmet – as he was able to walk away, with only minor injuries. Great job by everyone today!

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