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Four missing above Inskip!
« on: December 18, 2007, 03:24:39 AM »
On Sunday, a father, 39, and his three teenage sons drove above Inskip a few miles to cut a Christmas Tree. They didn't show up at school or work and the car was located sometime Monday.

A ground Search is underway this morning. No air support will be used due to extreme weather. There is now a foot of snow in the area and it is now snowing fairly heavy and is expected to continue.....
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Re: Four missing above Inskip!
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2007, 06:28:26 AM »
http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=640268

Father, three children missing (High Lakes)

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Article Launched: 12/18/2007 07:22:40 AM PST

INSKIP — Search and rescue teams are scouring the Inskip area today for a Paradise man and his three children who failed to return Monday night from a trip to the Philbrook area.

Frederick Dominguez, 38, his 18-year-old son, Christopher Dominguez, and two unidentified children, one 14 and one 12, were reported missing at about 6:20 p.m. Monday, by Lisa Sams of Paradise. Sams is Frederick Dominguez's ex-wife.

At about 9:50 p.m. Monday, searchers discovered the Dominguez vehicle on the Skyway, 2.5 miles north of Inskip. Heavy snow is reported in the area this morning.

The searchers found no sign of the missing people at the vehicle.

Members of the Butte County Search and Rescue Team were gathering before dawn today to renew the hunt for the missing quartet.

Anyone with information about the missing individuals can call the Paradise Police Department at 872-6241.

http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_7750926

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Re: Four missing above Inskip!
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2007, 11:10:34 AM »
My best wishes to the family and I hope all of the individuals are found alive and in good health.  Here are the photos of the missing individuals.


Search and rescue teams continue their search for the Dominguez family as snow falls above Inskip Tuesday. The family was last seen going on a Christmas Tree hunt Sunday. (Bill Husa/Enterprise-Record)


Frederick Dominguez, 38, is shown in this undated photo. Search and rescue teams continued to search above Inskip Tuesday for Dominguez and his three children, who were last seen going on a Christmas Tree hunt Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Sams)


Christopher Dominguez, 18, is shown in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Sams)


Alexis Dominguez is shown in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Sams)


Josh Dominguez is shown in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Sams)

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Re: Four missing above Inskip!
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2007, 11:41:14 AM »
Photos from the scene

2:20 p.m.: Paradise family still missing in high country
By E-R staff
Article Launched: 12/18/2007 07:22:40 AM PST

Search and rescue teams continue their search for the Dominguez family as snow falls above Inskip...

INSKIP — Search and rescue teams are scouring the area above Inskip today for a Paradise man and his three children who failed to return Sunday night from a trip to the Philbrook area.

Frederick Dominguez, 38; his 18-year-old son, Christopher Dominguez; daughter Alexis Dominguez, 15; and son Josh Dominguez,12, were reported missing at about 6:20 p.m. Monday by Lisa Sams of Paradise. Sams is Frederick Dominguez's ex-wife and shares custody of the children.

She said they went to the area about 3 p.m. Sunday, following church. They only intended to stay long enough to cut a Christmas tree. She said she wasn't aware on Sunday that they hadn't returned.

At about 9:50 p.m. Monday, searchers discovered the Dominguez vehicle on the Skyway, just a mile north of Inskip.

It was described as a distinctive raised, yellow Chevrolet Silverado that a lot of people around Paradise would recognize.

Officials said it was carefully parked in a turnout area, not locked, and didn't appear to be disabled.

Searchers found no sign of the missing people at the vehicle.

"Any tracks or other signs that may have given us a direction of travel had already been covered by snow," said search and rescue official Scott Steele.

Heavy snow fell throughout the night and had accumulated to about 18 inches by 10 a.m. today.

Search coordinator Matt Pearce said cabins near the Skyway between Inskip and the location of the truck were checked, but nothing was found.

By 11 a.m. today, some search crews that had been out all night were relieved to eat and get rest, but Pearce said they would be back in the afternoon.

With mutual aid coming from San Francisco, Lodi, Glenn County and Contra Costa County, Pearce said seven teams and 21 personnel were actively searching an area above Inskip known as Gold Hill.

Two of the teams had dogs with them, Pearce said.

Frederick Dominguez' co-workers from Hunter's Pest Control in Paradise also arrived throughout the morning to assist in the search, joining several family members from the ridge and Marysville area, who gathered in Inskip seeking information about their missing loved ones.

Pearce said visibility in the area prevented any kind of search from the air, and noted that conditions including snow and low overcast were expected to persist throughout the day.

The missing people carried cellular phones, but Pearce said calls placed to those numbers haven't gone through.

Sams said her children and ex-husband were wearing coats, but probably weren't prepared for extremely cold weather.

She said her son, Chris, has had extensive camping experience and is familiar with basic survival skills.

The children's father moved to Paradise recently from the Los Angeles area so he could be closer to his family, Sams said.

Pearce said the hunt for the missing family members is possibly the largest official search and rescue operation in Butte County history.

Anyone with information about the missing individuals can call the Paradise Police Department at 872-6241.

Search and rescue authorities report that further would-be volunteer searchers are not needed. Weather conditions in the search area are so severe, there is a concern that volunteers would themselves become lost or stuck.

Updates will be posted as they become available. A full story will be published in Wednesday's Enterprise-Record and on ChicoER.com.

http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_7750926

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Re: Four missing above Inskip!
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2007, 04:32:52 AM »
Bill and I Sherry former camphosts for Philbrook were shocked when last night we heard on news of this. My prayers are with the family and I pray for the Lord to see them home safely. Philbrook has and will always be a fond and a special place and the friends and people we have meet during our 12 plus years hosting there will be forever in our hearts.

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Re: Four missing above Inskip!
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2007, 06:20:56 AM »
http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_7757451

Seach for family continues: Father, three children missing in high country
By GREG WELTER - Staff Writer
Article Launched: 12/19/2007 12:28:45 AM PST

INSKIP -- Search and rescue personnel marked the second day of an intensive hunt in deep snow above Inskip Tuesday, looking for a Paradise man and his three children not seen since Sunday afternoon.

Officials said Frederick Dominguez, 38, his son Chris, 18, daughter Alexis, 15, and 12-year-old son Josh, failed to return from a trip to the Philbrook area about 3 p.m. Sunday to cut down a Christmas tree.

Paradise resident Lisa Sams, 38, the mother of the children, said Dominguez and the three siblings drove up after church, already had a tree permit, and only planned to stay a short while.

Dominguez is Sams' ex-husband and the two share custody of the children.

VIDEO from the scene
MAP of the Inskip area
BROWSE photos from the scene

She said she discovered around 6 p.m. Monday that no one had seen them, and called Paradise police to report them as missing and endangered.

Sams said she believed they all had coats on, but weren't dressed for extremely cold or wet weather. She said her son Chris is an experienced camper, and is familiar with basic survival skills.

Officials speculated the family had a tool with them to cut down a tree, but didn't know what it might be.

At about 9:50 p.m. Monday, searchers discovered the Dominguez vehicle on the Skyway, just a mile north of Inskip.

It was described as a distinctive raised, yellow Chevrolet Silverado that a lot of people around Paradise would recognize.

Officials said it was carefully parked in a turnout area, not locked, and didn't appear to be disabled.

The truck yielded no clues as to the fate of the family, however.

"Any tracks or other signs that may have given us a direction of travel had already been covered by snow," said search and rescue official Scott Steele.

The first 24 hours of searching turned up no trace of the family members.

"We just don't know what happened to them at this point," said Butte County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Capt. Mike Larish. "You could put the likely scenarios on a board, throw a dart, and anyone you hit would be as possible as the next."

Heavy snow fell throughout the night and had accumulated to about 18 inches by 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Search coordinator Matt Pearce said cabins near the Skyway between Inskip and the location of the truck were checked, but nothing was found.

On Tuesday night fresh teams of searchers hiked down a snow-and- ice-covered trail toward the West Branch of the Feather River, intent on searching additional cabins in that area.

By late Tuesday night a mutual aid callout had brought search team volunteers to Inskip from as far away as Marin, Monterey, Contra Costa and Shasta counties.

Larish said 40 people were actively searching Tuesday night, along with two K-9 teams.

"We'll keep at this all night, or until its no longer safe to continue," he said.

Larish and his crew brought mobile communications and command posts to Inskip Monday, but quickly ran out of room.

Owners of the old Inskip Inn, Norm and Beverly Jewitt, opened the now-private home to officials, as well as relatives and friends of the missing family. It bustled throughout Tuesday with computers and printers cranking out maps and search coordinates, while an endless stream of people came in and out to share information, relay consoling messages, or just take a break from the cold.

The search Tuesday concentrated in an area north of Inskip known as Gold Hill, according to Larish. He said the perimeter would expand today, if the family hadn't been found.

Teams were transported to search areas by tracked vehicles, then donned snowshoes to painstakingly walk what Pearce referred to as contour patterns about 40-feet apart, and at different elevations, until an entire hill or canyon had been searched.

Some search teams said they were prepared to be out up to three days and nights, if necessary.

Snow that pelted the Inskip area Monday night and most of Tuesday turned to freezing rain in the afternoon.

Larish said the temperature raised a bit, but the rain increased the chances of search personnel suffering hypothermia.

"This is rugged terrain, and there are a lot of potential hazards to rescuers," he said, but added that their determination to find the family increased with each passing hour.

An estimated 55 trained search volunteers traveled to Chico from as far away as Oregon Tuesday night, and will be available if needed today, Larish said.

He called the search one of the most challenging he had ever witnessed.

Frederick Dominguez' co-workers from Hunter's Pest Control in Paradise also arrived throughout Tuesday morning to assist in the search, joining several family members from the ridge and Marysville area, who gathered in Inskip seeking information about their missing loved ones.

Pearce said visibility in the area Tuesday prevented any kind of search from the air. Friday may be the first opportunity to get a helicopter over the area, but searchers weren't allowing themselves to think that far ahead.

While some of the missing carried cellular phones, Pearce said calls placed to those numbers haven't gone through.

Sams said Dominguez moved to Paradise recently from the Los Angeles area so he could be closer to his family.

Her fiancé, Brian Clarke, said he is close to the Dominguez children, and praised Frederick Dominguez as a good man who would do everything in his power to keep the children from harm.

Larish said he was allowing some friends and relatives to participate in the search, but not without fully warning them of how dangerous it could be.

Due to treacherous terrain and weather, Larish said help from the public is also being declined, and added that anyone other than trained search volunteers would be discouraged from driving up the Skyway through to Inskip until the operation concludes.

Anyone with information about the missing individuals can call the Paradise Police Department at 872-6241.

Staff writer Greg Welter can be reached at 896-7768 or gwelter@chicoer.com.

BACKGROUND: Three members of a Paradise family who drove above Inskip Sunday afternoon to cut a Christmas tree are missing. Their vehicle was found, but it offered no clues as to their whereabouts.

THE MISSING: Frederick Dominguez, 38; Chris Dominguez, 18; Alexis Dominguez, 15;Josh Dominguez, 12.

THE SEARCH: By Tuesday afternoon 40 search and rescue personnel from throughout Northern California were actively involved in a ground search for the family. Another 55 will join them today, if needed.

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Re: Four missing above Inskip!
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2007, 07:02:38 AM »
http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_7760153

8:45 a.m.: Search for missing family resumes
By E-R Staff
Article Launched: 12/19/2007 08:45:41 AM PST

INSKIP — About 100 search and rescue team members, from all over the north state, were out at dawn this morning looking for a Paradise man and his three children, who have not seen since Sunday afternoon.

Reportedly Frederick Dominguez, 38, his son Chris, 18, daughter Alexis, 15, and 12-year-old son Josh, failed to return from a trip to the Philbrook area about 3 p.m. Sunday to cut down a Christmas tree.

Butte County sheriff's officials report, because of the treacherous conditions in the search area, only trained search and rescue team members will be allowed to take part in the effort.

Authorities planned to establish a road block above Stirling City to turn back any unauthorized individuals from going to the area where the search is taking place.

VIDEO from the scene
MAP of the Inskip area
BROWSE photos from the scene

Lisa Sams, 38, the mother of the children and Dominguez's ex-wife, reported the quartet missing at about 6 p.m. Monday when she learned that no one had seen them. She called Paradise police to report them as missing and endangered.

Sams said she believed they all had coats on, but weren't dressed for extremely cold or wet weather. She said her son Chris is an experienced camper, and is familiar with basic survival skills.

At about 9:50 p.m. Monday, searchers discovered the Dominguez vehicle on the Skyway, just a mile north of Inskip.

It was described as a distinctive raised, yellow Chevrolet Silverado that a lot of people around Paradise would recognize.

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Re: Four missing above Inskip!
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2007, 09:49:22 AM »
Subjects have been located!!!!!!!

More later!
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Re: Four missing above Inskip!
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2007, 10:06:04 AM »
CHP H-20 has located and picked up all four subjects. Initial word is that all four are fine. They are currently being flown to an LZ in Stirling City, at the school.

Cal-Fire Medical is at scene and Life Flight from Enloe is enroute.

H-20 stated that the subjects had stomped out "HELP" in the snow.

They might have some frostbite on their toes.
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Re: Four missing above Inskip!
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2007, 10:41:21 AM »
http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_7760153

INSKIP — Four people missing above Inskip were found alive but suffering from hypothermia at about 12:45 this afternoon.

Searchers found the word "help" spelled out in the snow, and a short time later located the four missing people. Search and Rescue radio traffic reported two people were sighted waving frantically.

A San Francisco 49ers beanie cap belonging to the youngest of the four had been found an hour or so earlier.

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Re: Four missing above Inskip!
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2007, 10:45:50 AM »
Such great news.  A big THANK YOU to SAR & all the volunteers that risked their lives to bring a happy conclusion to this.

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http://www.paradisepost.com/ci_7761185

Searchers have found the missing Dominguez family. Alexis Dominguez, 14 and Josh Dominguez, 12, have just landed at Brakebill School in CHP helicopter. Emergency personnel whisked them away with blankets around them.

A second helicopter will be bringing in the other two family members. A Post reporter at the Sams' home reports some of the missing family may be suffering from hypothermia.

Post repoter Paul Wellersdick reports the family had built a cave in the snow.

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Re: Four missing above Inskip!
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2007, 12:33:47 PM »