Mike Herdman: Firefighter goes missing while camping Found

UPDATE 8/2/14 –  Capt. Don Aguilar of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office stated the coroner’s report showed Herdman had ecstasy and alcohol in his system when he died.  The coroner’s seven-page toxicology report for Herdman showed the presence of MDMA, MDA, amphetamine, caffeine and ethanol.

UPDATE 6/27/14 –  Ventura County Sheriff stated that Mike’s body was found almost a mile away from the Sespe River.  He was located 1,200 feet above the Sespe River below a cliff. There was no indication of foul play. He died from blunt force trauma.

Previous story:  Mike’s dog, Duke has been found, but Mike is still missing.   Duke was found in a parking lot where Mike had left his car.  Authorities are considering scaling back their search as they believe that Mike would have heard them searching for him and flagged them down by now and since he has not they believe he may have fallen down a crevice where he couldn’t and after this length of time has probably not survived.

Facebook photo of a very tired and forlorn looking Duke

Previous story:  Search and rescuers are looking for Mike Herdman, 36, a California Firefighter that works as a paramedic, went missing on Friday, June 13. 

Herdman who is from Dana Point, was with Taylor Byars as that were were hiking to Tar Creek trailhead in the Los Padres National Forest.  They stopped to camp and Herdman’s dog, Duke ran into Sespe Creek on Friday night.  Herdman went after him, but never came back.  

Byars told authorities that when Herdman didn’t return he hiked out of the area.  He thought maybe he had made it back to his car, but when he got there Herdman’s car was there but he was not.  Byars called 911 late Sunday night, reports VCStar news.  Byars — also a firefighter with the Arcadia Fire Department — hiked out of the area hoping Herdman would be waiting for him at the end of the trail. But Byars instead found Herdman’s empty car parked near the trailhead and alerted the authorities about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Herdman was barefoot and wearing a t-shirt and shorts.   Herdman’s backpack was found and also his footprints.  The search has started there. 

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6 Comments

  1. I totally agree don't buy the friends story unless he induced him into using outside elements he was incapable of handling and fears some kind of foul play charge by letting it sit as is. After all come on he's a hero who saved lives and to not be prepared to save his own I smell foul play and cover up!!!