NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org
Missing Mountain Biker Located Uninjured
CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – (November 13, 2014) – On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue located James Kretzschmar, 40, Irvine, in the Lyon Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest. Kretzschmar was reported missing to the Irvine Police Department shortly before midnight on Wednesday, November 12. He was located with his mountain bike, uninjured and in good health.
On Thursday, November 13 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by the Irvine Police Department indicating Kretzschmar was missing and requesting assistance with a search of an area in the Cleveland National Forest. Relatives of Kretzschmar indicated that his vehicle, a silver Mercedes Benz sedan, was located off Ortega Highway in an unincorporated area east of the city of San Juan Capistrano, an area he recently discussed wanting to ride his mountain bike. The initial ground/air search lasted for approximately two hours but was terminated due to darkness and poor weather conditions. Continue reading