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UPDATE: Family says search for George Carpenter, 74, of SLO to resume in Monterey County early Sunday

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.

8:15 P.M. UPDATE:On the “Find George Carpenter” group page in the Facebook online social network, his daughter-in-law Beth Wonson posted on Sunday evening that the search for the missing San Luis Obispo man would resume at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Earlier in the day she posted that his car was located about three miles from the home where his black Labrador retriever, Scooter, was found three days earlier near Gorda.


A month after he went missing, a search team on Saturday found the car belonging to George Carpenter of San Luis Obispo near Fort Hunter Liggett in southern Monterey County.

Carpenter, 74, remains missing, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

This comes three days after his dog, Scooter, was found near the Big Sur coastal community of Gorda off of Highway 1 about 40 miles north of Cambria.

Police did not say exactly where searchers found his car. But Gorda and Fort Hunter Liggett are connected by Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, which winds narrowly through remote areas Los Padres National Forest.

Carpenter, 74, was reported missing on Dec. 23. He has mild symptoms of dementia.

He was last seen driving his 1989 Jeep Comanche to Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo with is black Labrador Retriever.

Taking advantage of the clearing after several days of storms, on Saturday, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department led an aerial search of the coastline and inland areas of Monterey County, according to police.

After the car was spotted near the Army National Guard installation about 50 miles northwest of Paso Robles, an immediate ground search found Carpenter was not in the car, police said.

There was light snow falling in the search area, with snow level near 2,000 feet. Carpenter’s vehicle was located near 3,300 feet, according to police.

Police said Saturday evening that it wasn’t known whether a search would resume today, and had no other information on the day’s efforts.

On Wednesday, a man living near Gorda reported that Scooter wandered up to his home in the late afternoon. The dog appeared to be thin and in fair condition, authorities said. The home was about seven miles into the woods.

The dog was wearing a collar and the license number on the tag matched the one issued by San Luis Obispo County Animal Services. He was reunited with Carpenter’s wife, Dixie on Friday.

A group of more than 200 volunteers gathered on New Year’s Day to help search for Carpenter. Several teams scoured the area near Gorda, but did not see signs of Carpenter then.

Finding Scooter gave a starting point for new searches, authorities say.

Tribune staff writer Amy Dempsey contributed to this report.

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