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Woman and her small dog vanished from campground

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Update 2:50 p.m. PST (7/15/19) No details have been released, but Sheryl and her dog have been found alive. Information will be posted as it becomes available!

A massive search is underway after a woman and her small dog vanished from a California campground. The woman’s son, Greg Powell, reached out via social media on July 13 about the emergency situation:

I don’t post often on Facebook but this is an emergency and I need all of your help. Please read in full. Yesterday around 1 pm my mom went missing while on a camping trip. Those of you that have met her know how amazing she is. Her name is Sheryl Powell. She is 60 years old, 5’2” and roughly 120 lbs with light brown shoulder length hair. She was with Miley our family 4 lb black and grey yorkipoo.

According to Greg, his mother and her pet dog, Miley, disappeared while his dad was parking the car. He writes:

She and my dad has just started a camping trip 1 mile west of GRANDVIEW CAMPGROUND, White Mountains, Inyo County, 37.330353, -118.199837. They had found a campsite and she got out of the car with our dog to wait in the shade while he turned the car around and backed up the hill. This took 5 minutes or less but when he got back she and Miley were gone without a trace.

Greg’s father searched the area for an hour and then reached out to the authorities for assistance. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department responded to the request, but Sheryl and Miley seem to have vanished – all that remains are footprints in the dirt.

Missing woman

Greg believes that his mother was abducted – the authorities seem to have another theory, believing that she is lost. Greg explains:

The other issue is that in my mind there is a high likelihood of abduction which the police are refusing to acknowledge. They keep insisting she just got lost (she didn’t bring any food or water and had no plans to hike yet, they were just setting up camp) or the dog got away (she weighs 4 lbs was on a leash and has a bad leg so she can’t run). I hope they’re right but I think they should be pursuing the possibility of abduction as well. So far the criminal side of the investigation has focused on my dad and on my moms friends as suspects, both of which ideas are absurd. My parents have an extremely loving relationship and my dad (who has refused to leave the campsite) is on the verge of breakdown.

On July 14, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department issued a social media post about the missing person investigation:

UPDATE- July 14, day 3 of massive multiagency search for missing camper Sheryl Powell. Agencies participating include: Inyo SAR, Mono SAR, China Lake Mountain Rescue Group, Fresno SAR, Riverside SAR, Tulare SAR, El Dorado SAR, Mariposa SAR, CA Rescue Dog Association, CalOES, and aerial recon provided by CHP-Central Division Air Operations.
Additional resources have been ordered from throughout the state of CA for tomorrow’s search.

The authorities have asked for the public’s assistance – anyone with information is asked to reach out:

In addition to this being an active search and rescue, it is also an active investigation. If anyone has any information that can assist in locating missing camper, Sheryl Powell, please call the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383, option 4.


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2 replies
  1. Pennysdachshunds says:

    TOO STRANGE!!! This should be treated like an abduction!!! FBI agents in as this is a National Park!!!


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