UPDATE: 8-22 Search teams resumed their work at daybreak. Still no sign of Mr. Mooney at last report.
– Press release from Inyo County Sheriff’s Office:
A multiagency search and rescue effort has been underway since approximately 10:30 PM last night, after Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified of an overdue hiker. Matthew Mooney, a 47-year old man from the Swall Meadows area above Bishop, left the Rock Creek area the morning of Aug. 20 for a day hike.
Mooney contacted family around noon from his cellular phone; he said he was heading back from Round Valley Peak and would be home in a couple hours. He has not been seen or heard from since.
Mooney is a former Inyo County SAR member, and is described as an experienced backcountry hiker. He has short gray hair and blue eyes; he’s 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. Mooney was last seen wearing dark green pants and a mustard colored jacket.
Assisting in the search are Inyo County Search and Rescue, California Highway Patrol helicopter H-80 out of Apple Valley, Mono County Search and Rescue, and China Lake Mountain Rescue Group.
If anyone was hiking in the Wheeler Ridge area, east of Rock Creek, and may have had contact with Mooney, they are asked to contact the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department at 760-878-0383.