GPS coordinates help deputies find ‘overdue’ person

A search for an “overdue” person had a happy ending Tuesday, Feb. 4, after deputies found the man in question on a dirt road about 7 miles north of Highway 44.

At about 11:15 a.m. Feb. 4, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call regarding an overdue person. The employer of the unidentified individual reported the overdue person did not arrive at his hotel room in Quincy, California the night before as expected, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. The individual also did not show up for work the next morning. The employer was able to ping the individual’s work phone and get GPS coordinates. The employer provided the GPS coordinates to the dispatch center.

The coordinates directed deputies to an area about a quarter mile north of Highway 44, 17 miles west of Highway 36.

After a diligent search, a deputy located the individual off a remote dirt road, approximately 7 miles north of Highway 44.

The individual was driving a water truck and became lost Monday, Feb. 3, according to the statement. The individual got the water truck stuck in the snow in the afternoon of and was unable to get out. Moreover, due to poor cell service, the individual was unable to call for help.

“The overnight temperatures were below 10 degrees. The individual was grateful the deputy was able to locate him, as he felt he would not have made it through the next night,” read the statement.