Missing People in Yosemite

One headshot photo of a man with buzz cut and gray shirt. Another photo of a man in a kayak holding up a fish

Joel Thomazin

We are asking all wilderness travelers north of Tioga Road and between Cherry Lake and Tuolumne Meadows to report possible sightings of Joel or any unattended/possibly abandoned equipment. Call Yosemite Search and Rescue at 209/238-7046 or email yosemite.search.rescue@gmail.com.

Joel planned to solo hike from Hetch Hetchy on September 6, 2021, fish in the Lake Eleanor area, and return on September 9, 2021. However, he may have decided to stay out longer and extend his trip to Cherry Lake or to the north or east as far as the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. Joel was likely carrying the kayak packed in a large red pouch attached to the exterior of his backpack.

His family believes Joel had the following equipment:

  • Floppy boonie hat
  • Dark blue/green hammock
  • Large yellowish tan Kelty pack
  • US Army steel cup dated 1918
  • Camelback-type red/black daypack
  • Black and yellow collapsible sink
  • Bright red inflatable kayak (in photo)
  • Small collapsible stove in a black bag
  • Kayak paddle
  • Petzl Zipka headlamp
  • Yellow bear can
  • Garmin Tactix Delta solar GPS watch
  • Bright green mummy sleeping bag
  • Fishing pole, fishing gear

If you find one of these items please leave it in place, note the location (coordinates if you can), take photos, and email the information to yosemite.search.rescue@gmail.com.

Photo of man sitting on the side of a mountain

Richard Judd

Judd was last seen on July 25, 2021, on a day hike from his camp, near Lower Merced Pass Lake, to Red Peak Pass. He was reportedly using white trekking poles with a navy blue day pack. He is 72 years old and was wearing the clothing pictured. Judd is 5 ft 11 in and 150 pounds with brown eyes, short graying hair and a beard.

If you have any information regarding this individual, please CALL or TEXT the Investigative Services Branch Tip Line at 888/653-0009.

Various photos of Johnsen-Hughes, a 54-year-old-woman who is 5 foot 3 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes

Sandra Johnsen-Hughes (2020)

If you have any information about this individual or if you have been in the area south of Merced Pass and Buena Vista Crest during July 2020, please email us (preferred) or call 209/372-0610, even if you didn't see her or abandoned gear. If you plan to travel in this area and you notice possibly abandoned gear during your trip, don't touch it. Take photos, note the exact location, and report it when you return.

She is 54 years old, 5 ft 3 in, 150 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

She was last seen Saturday, July 4, 2020, near the Chiquito Pass Trailhead in Madera County. She was camping alone in the Sierra National Forest, had crashed her vehicle, and was seen walking away. She refused assistance from other motorists. A sleeping bag matching her recent REI purchase was found a few days later, off trail, 2.5 miles north of the accident scene and just inside the Yosemite National Park boundary. Her original campsite, with most of her gear, appears to have been abandoned.

The search by the Madera County Sheriff and Yosemite National Park has been unsuccessful so far.

4 images of Peter Jackson and his backpack

Peter Jackson (2016)

If you have any information about this individual, please call 209/379-1926 (during business hours) or 209/379-1992 after hours.

This individual is believed to have gone on a day hike from his campsite at White Wolf Campground and never returned. It is unknown when he left or which directions he headed. He had texted his son on 9/17/16 saying he was on his way to Yosemite. His vehicle was found at White Wolf Campground, site #58, and his site was paid for until 9/21/16. He is a 74-year-old white male, with slender build, 5 ft 10 in, 155 lbs., with blue eyes, gray hair and beard. He is in excellent physical condition with no medical concerns. He has a royal blue Outdoor Products daypack. A description of other gear and clothing is not available. His pack was found in 2019 between Aspen Valley and Smith Peak.

Last updated: September 30, 2021

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