Local rescue group assists in search for missing hiker

Local rescue group assists in search for missing hikerMembers of the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group assist San Bernardino County Search and Rescue in the search for 52-year-old hiker Screenivas “Sree” Mokkapati. Mokkapati was hiking Bear Creek Trail en route to Mt. Baldy on the afternoon of Sunday, Dec 8, when he separated from his hiking partners near the summit. He was reported missing as the weather deteriorated that evening. Search teams have been scouring the areas surrounding the summit, encountering mixed rock, snow and ice with more severe conditions at the higher elevations. No updates were available at press time. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-12-13