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Search for missing 74-year-old San Luis Obispo man is scheduled for Friday

George Carpenter, 74, was reported missing about 2 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
George Carpenter, 74, was reported missing about 2 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

A ground search for missing San Luis Obispo man George Carpenter is being organized by his family to be held on Friday and possibly Saturday.

Organizers ask that volunteers meet at the Laguna Lake Park, the first parking lot near the entrance, at 9 a.m. People will be asked to work in pairs or groups. The search will include a 25-mile radius of San Luis Obispo County that will be divided among the volunteers. The county will be sectioned off and volunteers will be asked to drive through parking lots, rest areas, and campgrounds to look for Carpenter’s missing jeep and check with rangers and park attendants.

Volunteers are also asked to bring a snack and water in case they come across Carpenter or his missing black Labrador, Scooter.

Each team will be given fliers to hand out and hang up during the rounds. People will also be asked to provide a cell phone number at sign-in so that coordinators can communicate during the process.

Searchers are asked to call San Luis Obispo Police Department at 781-7317 immediately if they find anything they suspect might be related to Carpenter’s disappearance. For more information about Friday’s search, e-mail Beth Wonson at ewonson@gmail.com.

Carpenter was reported missing Dec. 23. He was last seen driving his 1989 Jeep Comanche to Laguna Lake Park with his black Labrador retriever, Scooter. He is described as a white man with gray hair and green eyes. He is about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds, police said. He was last seen wearing jeans, black shoes and a short-sleeved light-colored T-shirt.

His black Labrador retriever, Scooter, does not have a tail, and is wearing a black collar with Carpenter’s home phone number on the dog tag. His 1989 Jeep Comanche is grey/green with an off-white camper shell on back with license plate number 3w27270.

San Luis Obispo County Crime Stoppers is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Carpenter’s location.

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