Friday, December 9, 2022

[Located]Two Horseback Riders Did Not Return After Day Trip Into the Jackson Demonstration State Forest

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Scanner traffic beginning around 10:00 p.m. indicated a woman at the Jackson Demonstration State Forest’s Horse Camp was concerned after two of her friends rode off on horseback this afternoon had not yet returned to camp.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies navigated nightfall, weak cellphone signals, and unclear locations and were finally able to reach the woman at the campsite. 

At this point, deputies are combing the area in the darkness and attempting to locate the missing horseback riders.

UPDATE 7/17/2022 8:26 a.m.: Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten provided good news this morning. After a four-hour hasty search last night, two deputies were able to locate the horseback riders in a “safe and healthy condition.”

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.



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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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