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On Monday March 31, 2014 just after 5:00 PM, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing subject in the Castle Peak area of Donner Pass. Deputies contacted the reporting party who advised them that his adult son was missing after the two were separated between Castle Peak and Peter Grub Hut. The missing person, identified as 25 year old Abraham Finkelstein, from San Francisco, and his father had hiked towards Peter Grub Hut but decided to turn around when the weather began to deteriorate. The father and son became separated due to the cold and snowy weather conditions at the time.
The Sheriff’s Office initiated a Search and Rescue (SAR) and began moving resources into the area. An incident command post has been established at the Boreal Ridge Ski Park parking area. Search teams from both Nevada County and Placer County actively searched the area through the night and into today. Searchers are utilizing cross country ski teams, Snow cats, snowmobiles, and other available resources. The search is continuing and additional resources have been requested through the State of California Office of Emergency Resources.
On Tuesday April 1, 2014 at approximately 8:05 PM, Nevada County Regional Dispatch Center received a report that Abraham Finkelstein had hiked out to the area of Skeritt Lane and Donner Pass Road. Deputies responded to the area and contacted Mr. Finkelstein. He reported that he had been travelling most of the day and night, following a creek and only stopping for a few hours to rest. During the night, he made a makeshift shelter out of his snowboard and other debris. Mr. Finkelstein was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee for a medical checkout but appeared to be healthy and in good spirits.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the California Office of Emergency Services, Tahoe Back Country Ski Patrol, Tahoe Nordic Ski Patrol, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, and all of the volunteers with Nevada County Search and Rescue for their efforts and resources during this event. We would also like to thank the other agencies throughout California that were mobilizing resources to the area to assist in the search.