Man missing in Rock Creek area

Matthew Mooney

Matthew Mooney

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.

 

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Dave G.
Dave G.
8 years ago

I’m so saddened to hear of Matt’s untimely passing. I recently met him and we climbed together at Patricia Bowl in Rock Creek Canyon. He was a solid climber and obviously loved being in the mountains. My sincere condolensces to his wife and family.

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago

sorry to hear that, my condolences to the family. So sad.

Michael
Michael
8 years ago

I am hearing news now from his brother that Matthew has passed away. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Jackie Mooney O'Brien
Jackie Mooney O'Brien
8 years ago

Thank you to all the Search and Rescue volunteers and team regulars. Matt’s family is in NY, and we hope to get out there soon.

Amanda DiGiuseppe Helms
Amanda DiGiuseppe Helms
8 years ago

Jackie, I am not sure if you will receive this or not. I am just heartbroken to hear about Matt’s death. He was such a good person with a big heart. Please accept my deepest condolences and give your entire family my love. I have thought of you all often… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

Did he leave his vehicle in the Rock Creek area?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

We will check.
BK

john
john
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Any updates? Article shows 8/21 as most recent update. Has the search resumed today?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  john

I just dated the udpate which is today, 8-22. The search resumed. Nothing as of now.
BK