nonot wrote:Given the length of the search and how it has been unsuccessful, .
Not to be critical of MCSO and other organizations that MCSO has invited in to search for Jesse I need to make the following comments.
1. A search should be documented and recorded daily as to where searchers have looked and to what extent.
2. This data should be archieved online and be released to other agencies and search organizations after it is assumed that the subject is down or that their life is in immediate danger.
3. Volunteer organizations and qualified individuals who have knowledge of the area or search qualifications should have access to the data and be allowed to add to that database as they search along with the County Sheriff's department.
4. Once the down subject is found the County Sheriff's office should be notified and then they pick up the investigation as to if there was foul play involved.
5. Once this investigation is completed then the County Sheriff's office performs the recovery.
As it is today if a person goes missing in the Superstitions the County Sheriff's office efforts to involve other search organizations and qualifed searchers is almost non existent. Even knowledgable search organizations and qualified searchers offers to assist are refused by the respective County Sheriff's office. They will not share what they know and where they have searched putting the subject or subjects at greater risk of survival.
I.E. Steps one through three in searches within the Superstitions are not currently being followed and implemented. The primary cause of this is lack of properly trained Sheriff's search organizations and lack of manpower and tools to implement the steps necessary to document and record the process of the search.
In Utah we have a citizen organization to come to the aid of County searches. All the Sheriff has to do is pick up the phone and make the call. In July of 2005 we had an eleven year old Boy Scout go missing at a Boy Scout Camp in the Unita Mountains at 5:30 PM on a Friday afternoon. The Summit County Sheriff's office set up their base camp that evening and requested the help of other Counties within Utah to assist which they did.
The Bardsley Foundation was also called and Saturday morning they set up their base camp approximately a half mile further up the road. By noon on that Saturday there were 3,000 volunteers that had been processed and sent out from that base camp. By noon on Sunday there were 5,000 volunteers that had been processed and sent out from that base camp. They were led by qualified individuals with GPS units searching grids using UTM coordinates which were downloaded onto laptops when they returned from their respected searches.
This continued until Tuesday around noon when the boy was found alive after climbing and hiking over a very difficult mountain ridge that the County Sheriff's search organization said he would not and could not go over. He was five and a half miles away and out of the search parameter that the County Sheriff's search organization had set up for that day.
We need a similar citizens organization and particularily here in the greater Phoenix area to assist in saving the lives of those who venture into the desert and mountains of Arizona.
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