The missing hiker from Elk Grove was found dead on Saturday in Alpine County. The body of Bradford Dozier was found at the base of a cliff. He is believed to have fallen 200 feet while free climbing.
Dozier had been missing since Saturday, October 27, and had been the subject of an intense search by rescue crews for the past week. According to media reports, Dozier had dropped off his daughter last Saturday at the University of California and then set out on a hike in Alpine County. He was considered an excellent hiker.
Dozier’s car was found last Sunday. Rescue crews used helicopters, dogs and mounted search teams to look for him during the past week. The weather at night time had turned cold this past week. Dozier was 55 years old and is survived by his wife and three children.
Press release from the Alpine County Sheriff:
DATE: November 4, 2018
FROM: Spencer Case, Undersheriff
REGARDING: Search and Rescue update regarding missing person Bradford Dozier
The search for missing person Bradford Dozier ended on November 3, 2018, when his body was found at the base of a cliff in Alpine County, California. Mr. Dozier died as a result of his injuries when he fell approximately two-hundred feet as he attempted to free climb steep terrain on the north side of Peak 9626. Mr. Dozier was described by family and friends as an avid and strong hiker who enjoyed climbing peaks in the Sierras. The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office, along with all involved emergency personnel convey our condolences to Mr. Dozier’s wife, family and friends.
The search for Mr. Dozier began on October 28, 2018, when he was reported as missing. Search efforts continued for six days. Agencies involved included Search and Rescue volunteers from as far away as San Diego. Also assisting were Military personnel, Civil Air Patrol, National Guard, and the California Highway Patrol. On the day Mr. Dozier was found, one hundred forty searchers were involved.
The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office thanks all those who selflessly and tirelessly volunteered their time to help find Mr. Dozier. Although we did not save Mr. Dozier’s life, we did return him to his loved ones. I sincerely hope you all realize how much the public appreciates your efforts and that being a member of the Search and Rescue community shows a concern for the welfare of others that is immeasurable.