This week's cover story, “The Searchers,” follows G.I. Joe Search & Rescue, a group of volunteers that ventures into canyons, creeks, rivers and forests to look for those who've gone missing–no charge, no reimbursement, no nonsense.
The organization was born out of tragedy. It was founded by 27-year-old Victoria Le after her brother, Joe, fell into the San Gabriel River during a hike earlier this year and disappeared. Frustrated by what she felt was a lack of support from trained professionals, she relied on the help of more than 100 volunteers rallied together through Facebook to find Joe and pull him from the river on April 3.
After the jump: More photos that didn't make it to print, and a video produced by Kevin Lara as the team searches for 25-year-old Minh Tu Nguyen of Westminster and 22-year-old Scott Neacato of Los Angeles, who fell into the upper Kern River during a camping trip on June 13.