Update 6:10 p.m.: A Sacramento-based CHP helicopter is assisting in the search for 79-year-old Don Peterson of Arnold. He was reported missing at around 12:30 p.m. by his family. Calaveras County Sheriff’s spokesperson Lt. Chris Hewitt reports Peterson was last seen near marker two, by the logging museum, walking his tan and white terrier named Danny. Hewitt noted, “There’s no suspicious circumstances as of yet that we know about. This is the first time he’s been on this trail, so he was unfamiliar with it. Unfortunately, he and his wife got separated, they took two separate trails. He went off on his own with the dog and they could not locate him.”
Lt. Hewitt indicated crews would remain searching through the night if necessary to get Peterson home safely and asked anyone with information to call 911 or the sheriff’s department at 209-754-6500. (Peterson’s description is listed below.)
Original Post at 3:46p.m.: Arnold, CA — Calaveras County Sheriff’s Deputies along with a search and rescue team are actively scouring the Rim Trail in Arnold for a 79-year-old man and his dog.
The sheriff’s department is also asking for the public’s help as to find Don Peterson who has been missing for nearly four hours. He was last seen on the Arnold Rim Trail by the logging museum walking his dog, a small tan and white terrier named Danny. Sheriff’s officials describe Peterson as a 5’11” and 175 lbs. He was wearing a red baseball cap, a white t-shirt and jeans. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can call 911 or the sheriff’s department at 209-754-6500.