About ESAR

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 Conference

SAR members: Register now for the 2014 Washington State SAR Conference at www.wasarcon.org. It will be held May 9-11 in Puyallup.

Parkland Search for 10-12 Year Old Wandering Streets

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.

Wilkeson Search for Missing Teens

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.

Overdue hiker near Crown Point, Crystal Mountain

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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.

Missing woman in Gig Harbor

After fielding teams from GSSD, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department decided more resources were needed to find a lost woman in Gig Harbor. PCESAR was called to assist, and minutes later two members of PCESAR's hasty team were on scene. GSSD found the woman around the same time and other PCESAR resources were cancelled.

Lost Hiker on Rattlesnake Ridge

Rattlesnake Ridge
King County called us to assist with a search for a lost hiker on Rattlesnake Ridge. They exhausted their resources on Wednesday so we arrived Thursday morning to continue the search. Three PCESAR teams searched the logging roads and trails west of Rattlesnake Ridge. The snow-level was about 2400 feet so we spent most of the day in snowshoes.

Mt Si Skydiver

Type 3 search on Mt Si
Met at 0600 to carpool up to King County to assist in the search for a missing skydiver. We thought we would have a low turnout since many of our members were tied up in a training course, but 22 people responded. Five teams hiked up the main Mt Si trail to 3200' where we split off and did type 3 grid searches. The snow level was at 2500', so we were searching in deep snow. The terrain was fairly steep, 20-35% grade at times. It was after dark before most teams finished up their assignments and hiked back to the trail head.

Search for Mushroom Picker in Skamania County

PCESAR was called to assist Skamania County with a search for a missing 60-year-old mushroom picker. She went missing Dec 1 and after exhausting their local resources, we were called to help search on Dec 6. PCESAR grid searched an area north of where she was last seen, looking for any clues of her whereabouts. Also searching were teams from many other Washington and Oregon counties. Our area yielded no clues, however a PNWSAR team located a crashed plane missing since the 1970s. The terrain was steep with heavy underbrush and the rain was consistent--a reminder of why we train and test our gear in the winter rain.

Missing woman on Vashon Island

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.

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