Today, Feb. 8, marked the ninth day that Plumas County Search and Rescue, with assistance from multiple agencies looked for a missing Chico man, but that search is now being scaled back.
“Over the past several days, Search and Rescue personnel have located personal items belonging to Mr. Christopher, which indicate he could be located within the water in a remote location of the Rock Creek drainage,” Plumas County Sheriff Todd Johns said today. “This specific area is extremely steep and narrow, and high whitewater levels from area snow melt currently limits search capabilities. It is our intent to work closely with regional air units and local Search & Rescue units to monitor this location until such time personnel can navigate the environment safely.”
He added, “I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to Mr. Christopher’s family and friends during this difficult time. I would also like to extend my grateful appreciation to all agencies who have assisted and will continue to assist Plumas County with this search.”
Frank Christopher, 53, of Chico went missing near the Rock Creek drainage in the Feather River Canyon. Christopher’s family reported him missing Sunday, Jan. 30, when he failed to return from a camping trip. His truck was found parked near the area that was searched.
Plumas County Search and Rescue has been aided by search teams from Marin, Trinity, Nevada, and Butte counties. The California Air National Guard’s Black Hawk Helicopter, and Civil Air Patrol also have been involved. A Butte County Sheriff’s helicopter aided in the search, as did Plumas County Sheriff deputies, totaling more than 50 personnel all together. Drones and other search equipment have been integral to the search, which covers very dangerous terrain.