Missing man Timothy Edwards found because of wildfire on Hwy 155 and Rancheria Road

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Timothy Edwards is now safely back home, and authorities say it was all because of a wildfire.

Firefighters found Edwards Tuesday night at the bottom of a slope just off of Highway 155 and Rancheria Road.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office confirmed the 47-year-old spent more than 24 hours in the extreme heat but has already been treated and released from the hospital.

Edwards was reported missing on June 30, at approximately 8 p.m. He was last seen in the area of Highway 155 and Rancheria Road.

Edwards was working with several individuals rebuilding fencing near the Boy Scout Camp.

At around 11:30 a.m., Edwards reportedly became ill. Coworkers suggested he return to their base camp and take a nap.

When they returned to the base camp that evening, they discovered Edwards was missing as well as a camouflage colored Polaris Quad.  Officers say it does not appear that Edwards took food or water with him.

His coworkers attempted to locate Edwards in the area, but were unsuccessful. 

At approximately 8:00 p.m., Edwards was reported missing by a coworker and Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue teams responded. 

Search and Rescue teams on horseback and motorcycle, as well as ground hikers began searching for Edwards. 

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office helicopter conducted searches from the air, assisting ground units in coordinating their search efforts in areas the helicopter had limited visibility.

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