On Thursday, November 7, searchers looking for a missing Huntington Beach man found a body that matched the man’s description. Alan Stringer, 40, left for a day hike on Sunday, Nov. 3. When he did not return, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified Monday evening, Nov. 4, by family members.
Stringer was described as 6 feet, 4 inches in height and weighing 230 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.
According to ICSO, Stringer, who was said to be an experienced hiker, did not disclose his specific hiking plans or potential routes, but he had recently purchased an ice axe and crampons and taken mountaineering training courses, officials said. He reportedly had an InReach satellite communication device, but it was never activated.
Searchers looked for Stringer’s car at trailheads around the Bishop area. On Tuesday morning, they found the vehicle at North Lake, which is about 15 miles southwest of town in the Bishop Creek Canyon area. Trails from North Lake start at about 9,500 feet in elevation; nighttime temperatures are currently in the sub-freezing range.
Ground teams searched Piute Pass, Lamarck Col, and Mount Emerson, which are all destinations from the North Lake trailhead, authorities said. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks teams joined the search on Wednesday. An aerial search was done that night using night-vision capabilities.