New Mexico Search and Rescue Council Media Alert
SEARCH AND RESCUE INCIDENT
Search for Missing Hiker near Reserve
OCTOBER 22, 2013, 4:00 p.m. Incident Contact: Dave Baldridge
NM State Police Mission Number: 13-11-12
Mission Start Date: October 20, 2013
Cause: Missing Man
Search initiated: Afternoon, October 20
October 21 Incident Commanders:
Sunday, Dave Denali
Monday, Chuck Baker
Tuesday, Mark Levesque
Today’s Weather: Sunny and clear, high 60-65, overnight low 20-30. Wind less than 5 mph.
October 21 Incident Report:
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, New Mexico State Police, volunteer search and rescue teams, and other law enforcement agencies Sheriffs began a search near Reserve, N.M. for Stephen Lockhart, age 43, of Costa Mesa, Calif.
Lockhart was reported missing by his father on Sunday morning after failing to return from an (approximately) five-mile afternoon hike between the Saddle Mountain Lookout area and their group campsite, located about three miles from the Pueblo Park campground, about 14 miles southwest of Reserve, in the Gila National Forest. Lockhart and another man had planned to make the hike together, but became separated when darkness fell.
Volunteer search and rescue teams, directed by the New Mexico State Police began operations Sunday night, continuing through today.
Features: Short beard
Weight: 200 pounds
Clothing: Camo pants, blue hooded sweatshirt, work-style boots
Anyone having seen a person of this description should call the New Mexico State Police.
TERRAIN: Moderate to steep/rugged
RESOURCES (THREE DAYS):
New Mexico Search and Rescue (NMSARC)
Socorro SAR, Socorro
Mesilla Valley SAR, Las Cruces
Blue River SAR, Arizona
Apache County Sheriff’s Posse, Arizona
NM Mounted SAR, Bernalillo County
Dona Ana County SAR, Las Cruces
Organ Mountain SAR, Las Cruces
Law Enforcement Teams:
New Mexico State Police
U.S. Border Patrol (BORSTAR)
Catron County Sheriff’s Department
Gila National Forest Law Enforcement