Thursday, November 13, 2014

Irvine Mountain Biker, James Kretzschmar Located by OCSD Uninjured

Posted by CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.   On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue located James Kretzschmar, 40, Irvine, in the Lyon Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest.  

Kretzschmar was reported missing to the Irvine Police Department shortly before midnight on Wednesday, November 12.  He was located with his mountain bike, uninjured and in good health.  

On Thursday, November 13 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by the Irvine Police Department indicating Kretzschmar was missing and requesting assistance with a search of an area in the Cleveland National Forest.  Relatives of Kretzschmar indicated that his vehicle, a silver Mercedes Benz sedan, was located off Ortega Highway in an unincorporated area east of the city of San Juan Capistrano, an area he recently discussed wanting to ride his mountain bike.  The initial ground/air search lasted for approximately two hours but was terminated due to darkness and poor weather conditions.

At approximately 6:00 a.m., Orange County Sheriff Search & Rescue teams resumed a search utilizing both ground and air units.  Shortly before 1:00 p.m., ground teams heard a male yelling for “help” in the Lyon Canyon area, approximately five miles into the canyon from the San Juan Fire Station.  The area was immediately plotted utilizing GPS coordinates, allowing search teams to locate Kretzschmar.  Due to being uninjured and in good health, Kretzschmar was escorted out on foot with his mountain bike.  

Kretzschmar refused to indicate to investigators whether he became lost or the reason for needing to be located by Search & Rescue personnel.  As a precaution, Kretzschmar was evaluated by Orange County Fire Authority paramedics and released

NOTE:  Orange County Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue personnel are reserve deputy sheriffs who volunteer countless hours each year to search operations throughout the county.  

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