Authorities called off an all-day search for three people reported missing along Garcia Ridge at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after finding no evidence that anyone had been stranded in the area.
Members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team began looking for the people after picking up a radio frequency about 6 p.m. Tuesday that a vehicle had overturned in the area of Garcia Ridge Trail near Hi Mountain Road, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said. The message stated that one of the car’s three occupants had a broken leg, he said.
The office sent deputies to investigate, but the area was inaccessible because of recent rains and mudslides. Members of the county’s search and rescue team, a California Highway Patrol helicopter and National Forest Service rangers combed the area.
The rangers drove the entire length of the ridge, sheriff’s Cmdr. Brian Haskell said Wednesday evening. “There was no evidence that anybody had been out there,” he said.