Missing Auburn Lake Trails Man Located in Rock Quarry
On Sunday (January 5, 2014) the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch center received a call from an individual advising that she had heard, through a facebook site, that a search was being organized for a 19 year old man in the Gated Community of Auburn Lake Trails. The caller advised that the missing person had been at a male friends home in the gated community when they decided to go for a walk in the community during the evening hours of Saturday January 4, 2014. The missing person did not return with his friend that evening.
Deputies were assigned to look into the matter and eventually made contact with the missing persons mother. She advised that she had not heard from her son since Sunday and although he has been staying with various friends for the past couple weeks she feared for his safety. Deputies continued interviewing other involved individuals to determine the circumstances of the disappearance of the young man.
A search of the community had in fact been organized by the missing person’s mother and continued into the night with the assistance of on scene deputies and a California Highway Patrol Aircraft.
Sheriff’s personnel and a California Highway Patrol aircraft responded back to the area on Monday morning to continue the investigation and to initiate a search of the surrounding area. Family and friends continued to search the area for the missing man also. Around 10:15 that morning the young man was located in a rock quarry on the outskirts of the community. He was awake and alert at that time. No further details of his condition are currently known.
Rita Patton wrote:
"I'm sure you all have heard the safe return of my son Alex. I'm just wanting to thank you for all your support. There were a lot of people in helping to look for him and I will always be grateful. For those wondering where he was found,he was at bottom of the quarry following the river. He was tired, hungry and a little disoriented. He is good otherwise. I am so happy he's home and that all of you were there to help bring him back. Thanks again!"