Missing Alpine County hiker found dead

Published: Oct. 30, 2018 at 2:20 PM PDT
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Nov. 4 update:

The search for a missing hiker ended Saturday in Alpine County when his body was found at the base of a cliff, the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

The search for Bradford Dozier began September 28 when he was reported missing, and the search continued for six days using dozens of searchers, dogs and helicopters.

The sheriff’s office says he fell about 200 feet after attempting to free-climb the north side of Peak 9626.

About 140 searchers were involved Saturday. Search volunteers came from as far away as San Diego. Military personnel, the Civil Air Patrol, the California National Guard and the California Highway Patrol also assisted, the sheriff’s office says.

Oct. 31 update:

The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for missing hiker Bradford Dozier.

There has been no sign of Dozier, but he was a skilled outdoorsman, he knew how to make shelter and has water available, so searchers hope he is alive.

There are about 50 search and rescue people, including five dog teams, and crews are also searching by helicopter.

They are focusing in the area around Blue Lakes, including Deadwood Peaks, the sheriff’s office says.

Original story:

The Alpine County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to watch out for a missing hiker.

About 9:15 p.m. October 28, 2018, deputies got a call from the wife of Bradford Dozier. She said Dozier had planned on hiking in Alpine County the day before and hadn't gotten home. She filed a missing person report with the Sacramento Police Department, which was later forwarded to the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office, which began looking for Dozier’s vehicle in the area of Carson Pass.

When the car was not found in that area, the search area was expanded and the car was found in the area of Blue Lakes Campground. Alpine County Search and Rescue was called, along with a CHP helicopter and twelve ground searchers, with no luck finding Dozier.

The next day, the search continued with help from the National Guard, scent-tracking dogs and 45 ground searchers. Dozier still wasn't found, and the following day, the search was joined by crews from surrounding counties including El Dorado, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Amador, Placer and Sacramento, plus an additional CHP helicopter and three equestrian teams. Dozier still has not been found.

The Sheriff's Office says Dozier is 55 years old, white, 5’10” and 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be wearing a green shirt, olive-colored hiking pants and hiking shoes or boots. Dozier is known to be an avid hiker who likes to go off trail and summit peaks in Alpine County.

Anyone with information that may help determine Dozier's whereabouts is asked to contact Alpine County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (530) 694-2231.