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Clovis man lost in Fresno County woods found unharmed after four days

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Posted at 2:22 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 17:23:15-05

FRESNO, Calif. — In the snowy mountains of Fresno County, Clovis resident Cody King spent the night outside last Wednesday after getting lost in the wilderness.

King, 24, and his girlfriend were traveling to Shaver Lake Wednesday afternoon when, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office, their vehicle became stuck in snow near Dinkey Creek and Ross Crossing Road. The couple spent nearly an hour trying to dig their vehicle out but where unsuccessful.

The last time King's girlfriend saw him, he was heading back to the main road to find help. She told sheriff's she stayed in the vehicle Wednesday night, but the next morning when King did not return she ventured out on her own. During this time, a passerby picked-up King's girlfriend and drove her to Shaver Lake so she could call for help. While there, she called King's cell phone but it went straight to voicemail, she told sheriffs.

Multiple agencies, dozens of deputies and volunteers answered the call to help find King. Over the course of four days, they searched the wilderness on foot and on horseback. Off-road vehicles and helicopters were utilized as well. Clues such as shoe tracks were found, but King was still no where to be found.

Until Sunday morning.

Around 11 a.m., Search and Rescue teams with the help of a rescue dog found King inside a remote cabin, according to Fresno County sheriffs. King told sheriffs he'd become lost shortly after leaving his vehicle. He spent the first night sleeping outside before breaking into a cabin where he was able to build a fire, according to Fresno County sheriffs.

King was taken back to a command post on Dinkey Creek where he was reunited with his family.