A 62-year-old Orangevale woman remains missing after being separated from her hiking group Thursday afternoon in Sierra National Forest, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Miyuki Hardwood’s friends last saw her on a trail near Horseshoe Lake about 1 p.m. that day. They circled back to the last spot they had seen her, then began to search along the trail, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Hardwood and her friends set out from Wishon Reservoir, 19 miles from the place she was last seen. She was not known to have suffered from any serious medical condition, authorities said.
“When you’re out in nature like that ... obviously there’s a bunch of different elements between terrain and wildlife, so anything could happen,” said Tony Botti, sheriff’s office spokesman.
The county’s Search and Rescue team began searching for Hardwood on foot and horseback Friday afternoon after her friends reported her missing at 5 a.m. that day. Rescue efforts will continue through Sunday.
A California Highway Patrol helicopter was dispatched to find Hardwood, but was unable to see the ground below because of smoke from the Rough Fire burning approximately 10 miles away.