/Local Man Daniel Komins Found Dead in Trinity Alps; Preliminary Investigation Reveals the Missing Hiker May Have Fallen in Steep, Rocky Terrain

Local Man Daniel Komins Found Dead in Trinity Alps; Preliminary Investigation Reveals the Missing Hiker May Have Fallen in Steep, Rocky Terrain

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Daniel Komins of Blue Lake | TCSO.

Trinity County Sheriff’s Office press release:

The Search and Rescue efforts pertaining to Daniel Komins continued throughout the day of August 18, 2019.

The twelve Search and Rescue teams, referenced in previous press releases, began searching their respective areas around first light.

During the late morning, a California Highway Patrol helicopter observed what appeared to be a backpack. The backpack had been off trail, between L Lake and Mirror Lake.

Ground search teams, who were already near the area, went to the location of the backpack in an effort to recover it. The backpack was recovered and later determined to have belonged to Komins.

Search and Rescue members continued to search the area near the backpack, and later located Komins, who was deceased. Komins’ remains were flown from the area via helicopter.

A preliminary investigation appears to indicate that Komins may have fallen in the steep and rocky terrain.

Although this was not the outcome that was wanted, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office as well as family members of Komins, wanted to thank the Search and Rescue members as well as all other volunteers, for assisting in bringing Daniel Komins home.

Once additional information is obtained, further press releases shall be issued.

Persons of Interest:  Daniel Komins, Date of Birth: April 12, 1985

Agencies involved:

  • Trinity County Sheriff’s Office
  • Trinity County Search and Rescue
  • Trinity County Sheriff’s Auxiliary 
  • Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit
  • Butte County Search and Rescue
  • California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
  • California Highway Patrol 
  • California National Guard
  • Contra Costa County Search and Rescue
  • Marin County Search and Rescue
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Shasta County Search and Rescue
  • United States Forest Service
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