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Recap on a Busy YCSO Search and Rescue Weekend

 Verde Search and Rescue Volunteers had a rather busy weekend as the weather was beautiful, and many visitors and residents took to the outdoors. Unfortunately for a few, their outdoor adventures took a turn. Thankfully, we have skilled Search and Rescue Volunteers at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, who stepped in to save the day.

Verde Search and Rescue (VSAR) was dispatched Saturday to search for Marie Keller, a missing person out of the Village of Oak Creek and found her on a trail near her house Sunday with the help of the Forest Patrol and the Backcountry Unit.

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Sunday evening, a couple from Arkansas started their hike in Boynton Canyon, Sedona around 5:30 pm, and found themselves lost on their way back from the subway cave. VSAR was called out and brought the couple back safely.

A couple from Texas got lost hiking back from Devil’s bridge and ended up at Brins Mesa Trail and Vultee Arch Rd, Sunday night around 6:30 pm. They tried hiking over to Seven Canyons Resort but got lost in the dark, not too far from the road. The VSAR 4×4 Unit got to them quickly and returned them to their cars. 

Yavapai County and its visitors are fortunate to have such dedicated and experienced SAR Volunteer Auxiliary teams. YCSO has roughly 320 SAR volunteers and multiple different teams to cover the approximately 8,200 square miles of the county. These teams include the Yavapai County Jeep Posse, Verde Search and Rescue, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Air Group, and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team comprised of Backcountry Unit, 4X4 Unit, Fire Observers (FOB) Unit, Southern Unit, Search Dog Unit, and the Off-Highway Vehicle Unit.

As the weather warms up coming into the Spring months here in Yavapai County, the desire to spend time outside hiking, and enjoying nature is understandable. Be prepared and do your research. Know what time the sun goes down, how long your hike is, and how much food and water you will need to bring with you. YCSO wants you to stay safe while you enjoy the beautiful terrain the county has to offer. 

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