A novice hiker from Ireland who planned to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Southern California to Canada has gone missing, and his last known whereabouts were in the Cabazon or Whitewater area — in April.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is now leading the efforts to locate 25-year-old David O’Sullivan, Sgt. Chris Willison said Wednesday, Aug. 9. Teams will be searching on foot, with bloodhounds, from off-road utility vehicles and by air. Law enforcement agencies to the north and south also have been briefed, Willison said.
O’Sullivan’s family has started a Facebook page dedicated to finding him and has been reaching out to businesses and “trail angels” — people known to help Pacific Crest Trail hikers on their journey — hoping someone will remember meeting him.
“Every little bit of information helps,” says the most recent message, posted Wednesday afternoon.
O’Sullivan is described as 5-foot-10 and 154 pounds, with black hair, blue eyes and a thick Irish accent. He was hiking with a neon blue backpack.
Lt. Chad Bianco encouraged anyone who sees O’Sullivan or who has information about his disappearance to call the Hemet sheriff’s station at 951-791-3400.
O’Sullivan left his country on March 20 for a planned five-month solo hike, according to the page. In addition to his hiking gear, he had a non-smart phone and a tablet but no data plan, leaving him reliant on finding Wi-Fi service along the way to communicate with his family, the page says.
The Pacific Crest Trail stretches 2,650 miles through mostly mountainous areas of California, Oregon and Washington. Tens of…
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