Breakthrough? Missing CA Firefighter's Dog Found After 9 Days
The search continues for firefighter Michael Herdman, who went missing nine days ago in California’s Los Padres National Forest. Last night, Herdman’s dog, Duke, was found in relatively good condition.
Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt reported that the dog is estimated to have traveled more than 12 miles since first going missing last week.
“Duke” was spotted by a good Samaritan in a parking lot about 10 to 12 miles from where Michael Herdman was last seen nine days ago, according to Dean.
Herdman, 36, went missing on June 13 after becoming separated from his friend, Taylor Byars, while chasing after Duke when he ran away from their campsite.
When Herdman did not return to the camp, Byars unsuccessfully searched for him and then made the two-day hike out of the wilderness and alerted authorities Sunday night.
The search for Herdman is being scaled back to a skeleton team.
"We’ve reached a point where we have to make a decision. And the decision is we will be reducing our search efforts to a limited, but ongoing, scale,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.
However, officials say that once Duke gains his strength back, they may take him out on the trail to aid in the search.
Five people were injured looking for Herdman, including an assistant fire chief who remains in the ICU after being bitten by a rattlesnake.
Herdman’s family and friends held a vigil outside the fire station in Arcadia last night to pray for his safe return.