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Lost hiker is located west of Lake Tahoe

Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – After being lost in Desolation Wilderness for three days, a 26-year-old Pollock Pines man was located by rescuers in good health on Tuesday.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s department began the search for Matthew Kinney after they were notified he did not arrive at the Horsetail Falls parking lot as scheduled on Saturday morning, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Les Lovell. Kinney had left for a three day hike from Loon Lake to the waterfall on Thursday, but became lost, Lovell said.

About 60 volunteers from more than a half dozen local and regional agencies assisted in the rescue, which included 15 ground teams searching the more than 63,000-acre wilderness area. The teams were inserted into the wilderness on Tuesday via a California Highway Patrol helicopter, Lovell said.



Rescuers located Kinney, who was described by Lovell as an experienced hiker familiar with the area, disoriented but unharmed at about 3 p.m. near Lake Schmidell, Lovell said.

The area where Kinney was found is near the area he was scheduled to spend his first night, Lovell said.



Lovell recommended that backcountry travelers hike with a friend if possible and stick to a detailed itinerary of travel plans they leave with a friend or relative.

– Police arrested a 37-year-old South Lake Tahoe man over the weekend for an alleged probation violating after someone reported a suspicious man watching kids playing on Tamarack Avenue.

About 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, a South Lake Tahoe police officer responded to the 3600 block of Tamarack Ave. when someone reported a man sitting in a black sport utility vehicle watching kids play for the second day in a row, said Lt. Marty Hale. Police approached the man and he gave them permission to search the vehicle, Hale said. The man was allegedly found in possession of a camera and a laptop containing pornography, Hale said.

The man is a registered sex offender and was ordered not to be in possession of cameras or pornography as part of his probation, Hale said.

During booking, the man said he had been previously convicted of soliciting a minor to take lewd photographs, Hale said.

– An 84-year-old man was killed in a traffic collision at about 8 a.m. on Sunday on Highway 50 near Kyburz, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s media log. Further information about the crash was not available Tuesday.


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