The California National Guard this morning launched a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Mather Army Aviation Support Facility to assist the Trinity County Sheriff's Department in the search for a 66-year-old hunter who has been missing near the Eel River since Saturday.
The helicopter is equipped with a hoist designed to lift people from the ground to the aircraft in hard-to-reach areas and is regularly used in the state's more mountainous and heavily wooded regions, according to a National Guard news release.
The hunter, Joe Quen Sr., was reported missing about 8:30 p.m. Saturday by family members who called the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, according to a story posted this morning on the Redding Record Searchlight's website. Quen was hunting in the Hopkins Camp area of southern Trinity County, southeast of Ruth Lake in the Yolla Bolly Wildnerness, according to the account. He had parked his truck in the Hopkins Camp.
The search began Sunday and continues today with teams from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and National Guard.