First published in the April 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press.
The Montrose Search and Rescue Team on Sunday assisted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Parks Bureau and Glendale Police Department in locating a missing teenager in the La Crescenta area.
The initial call indicated the missing person was last seen heading into the wilderness at Crescenta Valley Park. The call also indicated the missing person was developmentally disabled. Search crews from Altadena Mountain Rescue Team and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team also joined the effort, which ultimately received air support from sheriff’s department, GPD, the Burbank Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.
Several hours into the search, a Montrose team member heard what sounded like the clinking of rocks together, according to the team, and recalled that the missing teenager was reported to enjoy playing with rocks. A BPD airship located the teen around 400 feet down the side of a canyon near a fire road.
A team member scaled down the canyon and worked to build a rapport with the teenager. After gaining the trust of the missing person, they both climbed out from the canyon to safety. Once at the top, the teenager was treated by paramedics and released to his family.