Friday, October 10, 2008
A couple of things from the night before were clear, I was concerned that quite a few in the group from last night dropped backpacks and empty water bottles.
I stacked them up so it would be easy to find them. Since we had no confirmation from B.P. about the groups we put together 3- 2 man SAR Teams to scout the area first thing this morning. The first team was out by 6:30 a.m. – second team of 4 were in the field by 8 a.m.
An hour sweep of areas the larger of the groups from last night might have been yielded nothing but footprints and evidence of increased activity. We came up empty.
We moved to the site where I encounter the 2 young males and the unknown remainder of the larger group they were with. This is the group that dropped the backpacks. We returned to see if they had come back to pick up what they had left behind – they had – we could not find the stack of packs and bottles. We did find all the fresh footprints left behind. The groupings of footprints included those of one small child with about a size 3 shoe.
We hope they found water. We thoroughly searched the area until noon and returned to camp. Volunteers put in 3 more hours searching for anyone left behind.
Gene and Mike had arrived, our SAR Team briefed them and then it was time for me to drive back to Phoenix to catch a 6:30 p.m. flight to Des Moines, Iowa. I am speaking at an MCDC sponsored rally/candidate forum at the state capital tomorrow at 1p.m.
Arrived home, showered, packed hugged the wife and kids and back out to the airport.
My flight went well – I checked into my room at 12:30 a.m. central -no dinner again.