Friday, December 1, 2023

Women Missing in the Snow Drifts Above Laytonville Found 

Snow drifts thought to be 8′ in height rescuers encountered today on Spy Rock Road [Picture from Captain Greg Van Patten]

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office mounted a multi-agency campaign today to rescue a mother and daughter who went missing in the snowy hills above Laytonville last Friday, March 3, 2023. 

MCSO Captain Greg Van Patten has confirmed that Lisa Herbstritt was found by Mendocino County Search and Rescue in her vehicle near the top of Spy Rock Road. Her daughter Tabitha had made her way to a boyfriend’s sometime this weekend. Both are making their way down Spy Rock with rescuers.

Partnering with Mendocino County’s Department of Transportation, MendoSAR used a SnoCat and an ATV equipped with tracks while plows from DOT cleared the roadway. At one point, a cadre of rescuers needed rescue themselves after the Snocat lost a track and became inoperable. 

Captain Van Patten was told by rescuers they encountered snow drifts they estimated were eight feet deep. 

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. 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 matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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