3 missing people found in mountains near Hwy 155, Jameson Ranch by Kern County Search and Rescue

Juvenile wandered away; 2 adults went looking

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Three people who went missing in the mountains were found by search and rescue not too long after on Sunday.

On Feb. 24, at about 4:30 p.m., the Kern County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Unit was notified of two adults and one juvenile lost in the mountains near Hwy 155 and Jameson Ranch. 

Officials said 36-year-old Jose Ramirez, 41-year-old Miguel Valenzuela, and a 10-year-old male were playing in the snow with several family members.  According to reports, the juvenile became separated from the group and Ramirez and Valenzuela left the group to search for the boy. 

The adults became lost after losing contact with the main group and were not able to use their cell phone due to the terrain, according to officials.  The sun was beginning to set and temperatures were dropping into the freezing range.

Volunteers from the Kern Valley, Tehachapi, Glenville, and Bakersfield Search and Rescue teams responded to the call.  Deputies from the Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit went to the the area with a helicopter to assist with the ground unit search. 

Officials said the helicopter crew located the juvenile and Valenzuela, while ground units located Ramirez. 

All three people were about 1.5 miles from their last known location, according to officials. 

The lost people did not need medical aid and they were reunited with their families. 

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