Update: 10/29/14- Missing hunter, 59 year old Dave Stornetta, was found yesterday, Tues., Oct 28, by a search helicopter. Stornetta, an experienced outdoorsman, was located in good health and not in need of medical attention after surviving seven days, which included rain and low temperatures, in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness in southeastern Trinity County where he was deer hunting. The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office press release announcing the rescue appears below as does the original post on this story.
TCSO press release, dated Oct. 29, 2014:
On October 28, 2014 at approximately 5:00pm the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Dave Stornetta’s wife and advised the Sheriff’s Office that the family had located Mr. Stornetta via helicopter. Mr. Stornetta appeared to be in good health and did not appear to need medical attention. Dave Stornetta requested that the helicopter transport him back to the family’s hunting camp. Investigators will be contacting Mr. Stornetta once he returns to his residence regarding his location and movement while he was missing. The Sheriff’s Office is awaiting official confirmation of the exact location of where he was located.
For more details from the Press Democrat click here.
Dave Stornetta (shown in the photo) , a 59 year-old experienced hunter, was reported as missing Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, after he failed to show at a planned meet-up with his son. Stornetta was last seen that Wed. at around 7 am and was hunting in an area of Southern Trinity near the Mendocino County line, described as east of Covelo, where the search for him is currently in progress.
Stornetta is described as: a white male, 5'9" weighing 180 lbs. with brown hair and hazel colored eyes. He was wearing a black baseball cap, green sweat shirt, camo pants and "Redwing" boots. When last seen he was accompanied by a white and liver colored McNabb breed dog with a red collar.
Anyone with information about this missing hunter is asked to call the Trinity County Sheriff's Department at: (530) 623-2611.