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Shortly before 11:00 am on Sunday, the Fresno County Sheriff's Search & Rescue (SAR) team found 24 year old Cody King of Clovis. With help from a search dog, Cody was discovered alive and uninjured inside a cabin in the Dinkey Creek area.

On the morning of February 20th, the Sheriff’s Office was notified Cody King was missing, possibly lost in the wilderness.  According to Cody’s girlfriend, the two had driven to the Shaver Lake / Dinkey Creek area on Wednesday afternoon.  When they took their Subaru Forester down Ross Crossing Road, they encountered deep snow and got their vehicle stuck.  They spent about an hour trying to dig their car out of the snow, but were unsuccessful.  Cody decided to walk back toward the main road to get help.  His girlfriend decided to stay in the car.  The woman stayed the night in the car and Cody never returned.  Around 6:00 am Thursday, she began to walk toward Dinkey Creek Road.  During this time, a citizen driving by stopped and gave her a ride to the town of Shaver Lake so she could make a phone call for help retrieving her car and finding Cody.  She tried calling Cody, but his phone went straight to voicemail.  After calling family and explaining the situation, a report was made to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

In response to this missing person report, the Sheriff’s Office deployed dozens of deputies and volunteers to the area who are part of the Search and Rescue team.  Over the course of four days, they searched the wilderness on foot, on horseback, by off-road vehicle and helicopter.  Resources from the California Office of Emergency Services (OES), Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office were later sent to the area to assist in the operation.  Searchers found clues, such as shoe tracks, which showed paths Cody had likely traveled, but he could not be found.  Late Sunday morning, searchers and a dog checked a cabin, located in a remote area with snow surrounding it.  Inside, they found Cody.  Cody explained that he had gotten lost shortly after leaving his car.  He spent the first night sleeping outside and eventually broke into this home to seek shelter.  He built a fire to stay warm.  SAR members took Cody back to the command post on Dinkey Creek Road and he was reunited with his family.

The Sheriff’s Office is happy to have found Cody King safe and healthy.  We would like to suggest some tips to our community members should they ever become lost in a similar situation.

  - Leaving markers can be a great help to those trying to find you.  This can include using sticks to spell out words or draw arrows showing the direction you are located.  

- Circling your shoe tracks and tying objects or clothing to trees is also helpful.  

- It is a good idea to get to an open area and stay there so you can keep an eye out for search teams or flag down aircrafts that may pass by.  Flashing any shiny objects or a mirror is also an excellent way to capture the attention of aircrafts.

- Yelling or whistling is a fantastic signal.  Loud noises carry long distances in the mountains and can help attract rescuers to your location. 


Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
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