SDMRT 2019-16 El Cajon

SDMRT Operations Report 2019-16 El Cajon

September 18 -19, 2019

Bill McNaul

SDMRT Responders: Sukhyung Shin, TJ Tischer, Bill McNaul, David Brandt, Kelly Sloan, Rob Bair, Michelle Bearmar, Dennis Peck, Brian White, others???

SDMRT ITC: Hugo Bermudas

Other responding organizations SDSAR, SDPD approx. number of personnel overall ~20?

Short Summary:

  • Type of callout: full
  • In-county
  • Type of search: search
  • Environment: urban, suburban & land ownership (private, commercial, city, county)
  • Location
    • Last Known Point / Point Last Seen parking lot of the shopping center at 2983 Jamacha Road in Spring Valley
    • Command Post same
    • Found four mile away at gas station located at 489 W. Main in El Cajon
  • Operational periods, if applicable
    • Earliest time of activity (2140, and Ending time (10-22 at 0100 9-19-2019
  • Information about the subjects:
    • Number/names of subjects 1/ Atom Jorgenson
    • 11 y/o White male
    • Level of fitness and experience: average
    • Mental status: normal
    • Injuries, if applicable: none
    • How were they found: self-signaling )
  • Any rescuers injured: none
  • Aircraft used:ASTREA using voice attraction


At about 1840 on September 17, Atom Jorgenson (11 y/o WMJ, DOB 2/6/08) had an argument with his guardian grandmother in the parking lot of the shopping center at 2983 Jamacha Road in Spring Valley. He exited his grandmother’s vehicle and began walking away in a generally NE direction. Grandmother called for LE assistance and deputies conducted an initial search. ASTREA flew the area, making announcements. At about 2140, Sgt. George issued a callout for SAR. 26 SAR personnel and two trailing canines responded.

During the initial briefing, we learned that the subject lived several miles away and had no friends or much familiarity with the area where he was last seen. An interview team was deployed and a scent article deployed. Teams were deployed to search the shopping complex area and a popular trail on its south border. A trailing canine established an initial trail but soon stopped.

At about 2340, the subject called his grandmother and said that he was at a gas station located at 489 W. Main in El Cajon. This is about 5 miles to the north of the PLS. A deputy was dispatched to confirm and retrieve the subject, who was in good condition. He was returned to his grandparents. The CP was closed out at about 0100 and MC5 returned to Pt. 43.

Lessons learned/ suggestions for future operations:

Nothing remarkable