New Mexico Search and Rescue Council Media Alert


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.


Age      43,

Features:  Short beard

Height   6’0”

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)

Volunteer Teams:     

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