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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9 Responses to Man missing in Rock Creek area

  1. Dave G. August 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    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.

  2. sugar magnolia August 23, 2013 at 9:12 am #

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

  3. Michael August 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

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

  4. Jackie Mooney O'Brien August 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    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 September 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm #


      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 over the past 20 years. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

      Amanda DiGiuseppe Helms

  5. Mark August 22, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Did he leave his vehicle in the Rock Creek area?

    • Benett Kessler August 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      We will check.

      • john August 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

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

        • Benett Kessler August 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

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


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