Washington Explorer Search and Rescue Pierce County Unit (PCESAR) is an organization of volunteers ages 14 and up founded to assist local law enforcement in the search for missing persons in urban and wilderness settings, natural disasters, recovery of evidence, and evacuation of the injured.
SAR members: Register now for the 2014 Washington State SAR Conference at www.wasarcon.org. It will be held May 9-11 in Puyallup.
Citizens reported seeing a 10- to 12-year-old light-skinned African American male wandering the streets in boxer shorts and a tank top. Deputies called ESAR and GSSD to search for the subject due to concern for his safety in the cold weather. 6 ESAR teams searched the area from WA-512 north to 92nd, between Steele and Pacific Ave. Deputies called off the search at 0030 and debriefed.
20 ESAR personnel responded, including 2 of our current trainees.
Jan 30 at 1400, ESAR was called to search for 2 missing teen boys who were 20 hours overdue from getting firewood in Wilkeson. After discovering their truck south of Bonney Lake, 2 ESAR Hasty teams were sent to check trails in the woods. 3 other teams were being prepared for dispatch when the teens were discovered to have walked out on their own. After collecting the firewood, they went 4-wheeling before returning home, got stuck, and spent the night in the truck before hiking out.
16 ESAR personnel responded.
After failing to return to his car by nightfall, a hiker decided it was time to call for help. He was able to make his way up to a ridge where he found cell service and made the call to 911. He described his position over the phone and resources from GSSD, ESAR, and 4x4 SAR were dispatched.
Call out for missing female on Vashon Island. PCESAR responded with 16 people. Three teams in the field at 11:20. Subject found deceased by Jerry Harmon at 12:55. All teams back to base by 13:15.