Missing man's vehicle found on Fort Hunter Liggett

The vehicle registered to George Carpenter, a San Luis Obispo man missing since Dec. 23, has been found in a snowy mountainous area near Fort Hunter Liggett, located in southern Monterey County.

The following is a press release from San Luis Obispo Police Department. More details will be posted as they become available:

City of San Luis Obispo

News Release

WHAT: Missing Person Update

WHERE: Fort Hunter Liggett, Monterey County

WHEN: January 23, 2010

WHO: George Lyman Carpenter, Age 74, Caucasian male, grey hair, green eyes,5’-11”, 170 lbs

VEHICLE: 1989 Jeep Comanche, grey w/camper shell, CA Lic/3W27270.

On 12/23/09 at approximately 6:30 PM the San Luis Obispo Police Department took a report of amissing person. George Carpenter, age 74, left his home in San Luis Obispo at approximately2:00 PM to take his dog to Laguna Lake Park and has not returned. Carpenter exhibits mildsymptoms of dementia and can lose his way in familiar areas. He was driving his Jeep Comancheand was in the company of his black Labrador, named “Scooter.”

On January 20, 2010, a Monterey County resident living near Gorda found Carpenter’s blackLabrador dog “Scooter.”

Updated Information:

On the morning of January 23, 2010 the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department facilitated anaerial search of the coastline and inland areas of Monterey County. As a result of this searchCarpenter’s vehicle was located outside the property of Fort Hunter Liggett. An immediateground search determined Carpenter was not within the vehicle.

Monterey County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue teams are currently searching the areain an attempt to locate Carpenter. There is light snow falling in the search area with snow levelnear 2,000 feet. Carpenter’s vehicle was located near 3,300 feet.

At this time no additional information is available.