December 4, 2017
Butte Meadows, CA- On Sunday, December 3, 2017, at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a woman stating her 18-year-old son left their Magalia home to go search for a Christmas tree in Butte Meadows and had not returned home. The woman stated she last had contact with her son at approximately 1:30 p.m. The teenager was driving his Suzuki Samurai, along with a friend, and his dog. Ten volunteers with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team were deployed to the Butte Meadows area.
On Monday, December 4, 2017, at approximately 3:06 a.m., BCSO Sergeant Jack Storne located the vehicle, which had broken down, near Humbug Summit Road, just miles from the Plumas County line. The teenager stated his vehicle broke down 12 hours earlier, and he had not seen a single vehicle until Sergeant Storne located him. There were no injuries to the teenagers, or to the dog. The temperature outside was approximately 19 degrees at the time. The teenager was not prepared for an emergency, such as his vehicle breaking down. He was also approximately 15 miles from where he had stated he would be going to find the Christmas tree. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer some safety tips for traveling as we head into the cold, winter months:
-Always let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back.
-Be prepared to spend the night in a non-running vehicle.
-If you break down, do not leave your vehicle. Vehicles provide shelter and are much easier to find.
-Bring two days of water/food/medication.
-Bring bright clothing, blankets, and jackets.
-Bring a small candle (if you burn a candle leave a window slightly open) and flashlight.