Missing Firefighter's Dog Found, Search To Be Scaled Back, Officials Say
COURTESY OF NBCLA
BY Andrew Lopez
Authorities have found the dog belonging to missing firefighter Mike Herdman Sunday, officials said.
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The breakthrough comes seven days after the search in the Los Padres National Forest began.
Officials said there was still no sign of Herdman. During a news conference Sunday, authorities said they would scale back search efforts after combing through a 50-square mile radius without finding Herdman.
Much of the search focused on finding Duke, who had been spotted twice in the past week. Authorities set a caged trap to capture Duke on Friday.
Good Samaritans found Duke around noon in a parking lot Sunday where the missing person's vehicle had been parked, said Sgt. Kevin Donoghue of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.
Herdman, 36, disappeared last Friday during a camping trip in the forest near Fillmore with a friend and fellow firefighter. Duke ran away from the campsite and Herdman chased after him, barefoot and wearing just a t-shirt and shorts.
He was reported missing Sunday night when his friend emerged from the forest and contacted authorities.
Eighty-six search and rescue volunteers were were looking for Herdman on Saturday - the largest group so far. Two manned flight crews and two drones were used to search the rugged terrain.
Several Southern California sheriff’s departments and a team of special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are also involved.
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Article: Missing Firefighter's Dog Found, Search To Be Scaled Back, Officials Say
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