Kyndall Jack and Nicholas Cendoya, the teens who went missing in Trabuco Canyon on Easter Sunday before being found in different spots in the middle of the week, will not be billed for the massive search, which utilized various nonprofit, private and governmental resources (as well as scores of volunteers).
The Orange County Sheriff's Department made the disclosure while also offering a final price tag for the effort has yet to be tabulated.
Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jason Park said at a press conference wrapping up the search efforts in Trabuco Canyon Thursday, April 4, that his agency was joined by the Orange County Fire Authority, the Anaheim Police Department, California Emergency Management Association, California Highway Patrol, Civilian Air Patrol, Costa Mesa Police Department, Cypress Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Orange County Parks and Rangers, Riverside County Sheriff's Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, Ventura County Sheriff's Department and, as I reported at the time, two other agencies whose names I could not hear.
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The press conference also included Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, whose district includes Trabuco Canyon, criticizing the teens and other day users who come into the wilderness unprepared, find themselves in trouble and then have to rely on government resources to save them. In this case, he noted, the responses included a reserve deputy getting serious injured when he fell 60 feet and hurt his head trying to reach Jack.
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That reserve, who Spitzer noted was working on his own time with gear and training he paid for out of pocket, has not been identified, but the sheriff's department says he has improved to good condition and is currently undergoing physical therapy. Donations can be sent to him at: Project 999, P.O. Box 241, Santa Ana, CA 92702. (Project 999 is a nonprofit for officers and the families of officers killed or injured.)
Meanwhile, did you hear about the last of three or four hallucinating teenagers, lost for literally hours in Fountain Valley's "forbidding" Mile Square Park, being airlifted out, exhausted but conscious? "Miss Info Asperger" has that scoop on the Orange Juice Blog. Do keep in mind she posted it just 10 days after April Fools Day.
Wait, didn't Jack mention something at her press conference about wanting to touch the clouds and light the sky with her lighter before the hallucinations came on strong? Hmmm . . .