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LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)
Monday November 21st, 2011 :: 05:27 p.m. PST


Missing Photographer Found: Chantry Flats Above Arcadia

Matthew Hernandez, the subject of two days of searching is safe.

Sierra Madre Search and Rescue assisted by San Dimas Search and rescue conducted search operations, with helicopter search by Los Angeles County Sheriffs Air-5 Rescue Saturday evening and Sunday.

Several Family members also combed Big Santa Anita Canyon where Hernandez and several friends had spent several days on a photography project.

Weather in the canyon was very wet and cold due to a winter storm that moved in mid-morning on Sunday and continued into the early morning hours of Monday, November 21st.

Hernandez walked out of the forest approximately 3:30 AM and walked to a phone and called his father.


Enjoy Nature - Plan your Hike by filling out the Sheriff's Department's Hiking Plan Sheet:

Hiking/Camping is a fun way to get family and friends together to enjoy the outdoors, and to get some physical activity. However, you should always be prepared for the unexpected. You should tell family and friends what your plans are and provide a list of who will be going with you. That’s why the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the residents of Los Angeles County that having a hiking / camping plan is crucial to survival in case of an emergency.

Before you leave, please fill out Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue – Hiking Plan sheet and provide to a loved one to hold onto just in case something happens to a member of your hiking/camping expedition. You can download the form by visiting:

If you would like more information on how to prepare for your hiking / camping trip, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s camping website at


First News Release Sent:
Sunday November 20th, 2011 :: 03:23 p.m. PST

Missing Person: Matthew Hernandez, 29 Male Hispanic 507 180
Last seen: November 19, 2011 Chantry Flats above Arcadia
Sierra Madre Search and Rescue seeks your help in locating a missing person:

Matthew Hernandez, 29 Male Hispanic 5'07" 180 pounds

Last seen: November 19, 2011 6PM near Chantry Flats located in the Angeles National Forest above Arcadia Due to severe weather your help is requested.

Hernandez was last seen wearing a green shirt, denim vest and black pants. It is possible he hitched a ride from the National Forest to his San Dimas home, but he has not been in contact with his friends or family.

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Matthew Hernandez, please call Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Temple Station
LASD - Temple Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
8838 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 626-285-7171

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