HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. — The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is searching for a Canadian man reportedly injured while hiking the Lost Coast Trail alone.
On Jan. 9 around 9:30 p.m., the HCSO was dispatched to the Lost Coast Trail for the report of a missing hiker with possible injuries. The hiker, identified as 32-year-old Rick Raymond Eastep of Ontario, Canada, sent a text message to the shuttle driver who had taken him to the Lost Coast, according to the Shelter Cove Fire Dept. (SCFD).
The text message from Eastep reportedly read something along the lines of: Help, I hurt my back, I'm near Miller Flat. The text was sent on Monday, but wasn't received until Wednesday, according to the HCSO.
Officials found Eastep's car was still where he had parked it before leaving for the hike, according to the SCFD.
Sheriff’s deputies, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse, Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, Shelter Cove Fire, CAL FIRE, Bureau of Land Management and the Coast Guard are currently searching for Eastep. Search and rescue teams have conducted an extensive ground search of the area. A Coast Guard helicopter has also assisted in the search.
Anyone with information regarding Eastep’s whereabouts should contact the HCSO at 707-445-7251