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Rolin is my father in law. I’m not a facebook person but from my understanding updates for the public can be accessed here: 

SAR are out looking today, tomorrow is questionable with the weather, and Sunday they’re planning to go out again with K-9. Everything will be reassessed Monday. We can’t say enough good things about Inyo County Sheriffs and Search & Rescue. Peneumbra shared the information for where donations can be made the organization.

When we initially reported Rolin missing those at the Springs who know him all had the same response; “are you sure he’s not just off walking?” He lived up in the canyon near Beveridge for a couple years in the mid 90’s until BLM politely asked him to move along. His Saline Valley stories include towing a camper trailer into the valley with a Honda Civic, driving out the south pass in a compact Chevy with only the e-brake functional, and knowing which canyons stayed the coolest during summer… if anyone knows the area and was aware of what it takes to survive there its him.

I will post when we have more information. The picture from his license isn’t a good representation of him. This one is far more suitable.

Sam D.

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Inyo County Search And Rescue is a volunteer organization whose members are highly trained and who respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in all weather conditions.

Anyone who wishes to donate to Inyo SAR may do so at:
Inyo County SAR
P.O. Box 982
Bishop, CA 93515

P.S. All donations are tax-deductible. 


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Cross posting here, for good measure. From the INYO County Sheriff's Office. 2:00 PM 12/4/2019.

Bruno SAR

HUNTER CANYON, CA. December 4, 2019 – On November 27 (evening), Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received notification by Death Valley National Park of a missing hiker, Rolin Bruno, a 76-year old man from Arrowbear, CA. Bruno planned on hiking up Hunter Canyon out of Saline Valley to cache water for a future hike in the Spring, prior to meeting family members at Saline Valley Hot Springs on November 27. When Bruno did not arrive, family members notified the campground host. Bruno was hiking alone. (It is unclear whether Bruno’s hike occurred on Monday November 25 or Tuesday November 26.)

On Thursday November 28 a severe winter storm impeded search efforts. Aerial reconnaissance was requested for Friday November 29; CHP Inland Division Air Operations initially responded, however a fog layer made flying impossible in the morning. China Lake Naval Air Station was requested to provide aerial support once the fog layer lifted; Inyo Search and Rescue (SAR) members were on board providing additional assistance.

Saturday November 30, 11 Inyo SAR members conducted extensive search assignments in the area. Aerial searching was provided by CHP Inland Division Air Operations. A drone was deployed in order to reach more remote areas and provide additional search information to the team. Due to extremely icy conditions on Saline Valley’s “South Pass”, the team was almost unable to drive out of the search area. Sunday December 1, winter weather disallowed flying or driving into the search area.

On Monday Dec 2, as weather cleared, two Inyo SAR members were hoisted from CHP H-80 into more remote areas high in the search zone to check structures and mining ruins. Additional aerial searching was provided by CHP Inland Division Air Operations with Inyo SAR members on board.

Tuesday December 3, six Inyo SAR members were inserted into the search area by Kern County Air Operations. SAR members from China Lake Mountain Rescue Group drove into the search zone and combed lower segments of the area. Inyo Sheriff’s Office deputies also drove to the sight and conducted investigations at the vehicle and searched nearby mining cabins.

Today winter weather has hampered search efforts. Overhead planning teams are working on the next phase of the search operation. If anyone from the public has seen Bruno you are encouraged to contact Inyo Sheriff at 760-878-0383 option 4. Bruno is 5’11”, 170lbs, white male, long grey hair, grey beard, brown eyes, possibly wearing a flannel or denim shirt and blue jeans.

Aerial assistance has been provided by: CHP Inland Division Air Operations H-80, China Lake Naval Air Station VX-31, and Kern County Air Operations Air 5. Ground searching has been provided by: Inyo SAR, Kern County SAR, and China Lake Mountain Rescue Group. Additional support has been provided by Death Valley National Park and CalOES.


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