Overdue solo hiker

July 12, 1980
Martinez Canyon

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While on July training, RMRU received a call from the Indio office of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department that a solo hiker was overdue in hiking out from Martinez Canyon in the Santa Rosa Mountains. The team hiked out from the Red Tahquitz area to Humber Park at approximately 11:00 pm. After discussing the problem of supplying water to ground teams by helicopter in the heat of the day, it was decided that the Sheriff would use their fixed wing aircraft to try and locate the hiker, and that RMRU would be used if the hiker needed aid after he was found. The airplane started searching Sunday morning and spotted the hiker just as he neared the end of the hike to Valerie Jeans.