At approximately 9:40 a.m., on March 25, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received reports of a family who had gone to the snow the previous day and had not yet returned. BCSO, along with 11 members of BCSO Search and Rescue, responded to the area of the High Lakes in an effort to locate the missing family, including three juveniles and two adults.

At approximately 2 p.m., the missing family was spotted by the BCSO Helicopter near the Carr Mine in the area of the High Lakes. Their location was reported to ground personnel who were able to use snow mobiles, the Snow Cat and the ARGO to make access to the area.

The missing family was located at 3:30 p.m., and have since been reunited with family members. The juveniles and adults were cold, but were not in need of medical attention. The family had spent the night in their vehicle, a 1993 Jeep Cherokee, but had not planned on being away from home for more than a day. If it wasn’t for a family member reporting them missing, this situation could have been much worse.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people that the snow is deep in many areas, vehicles can become stuck very easily. Please follow chain restrictions and use good judgement. If you plan to visit the snow, pack extra blankets, food, and water along with a full tank of gas. Most importantly, always let someone know where you plan to go and when you plan to return. It’s also important to remember that cell service is not available in many areas.