SDMRT 2020-10 Rancho Santa Fe

SDMRT Operations Report 2020-10

Full Callout, Missing Person, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Barbara “Betty” Welt

4 April 2020

SDMRT Responders: Kimmerly, Ross, Cohen, Ortega, Herman, Brandt, Yocum, Chaung, Masser, Bermudez, Sloan


Other responding organizations: SDSD SAR, SDSO deputies

Short Summary:

  • Type of Callout: Full callout
  • In County or Mutual Aid: In County
  • Type of search: Search for missing/at risk individual
  • Environment: Rural on county land
  • Location
    • PLS: 7060 Via del Charro, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
    • Command Post: Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, RSF, CA 92067
    • Found: Determined to be out of San Diego County (in transit back to previous home)
  • Operational Period 1
    • Searcher callout 4/4/2020 at 0928
    • Conclusion of operations: Suspension at 1854
  • Information about the Subject:
    • Number/Name(s) of Subject(s): 1 subject, Betty Welt
    • Age/Gender: 86-year-old female
    • Level of fitness and experience: Can walk only 1 mile before her back starts to hurt
    • Mental status: Moderate to severe dementia
    • Injuries: none reported
    • How were they found: Local law enforcement
  • Injuries to Searchers: None reported
  • Aircraft used: ASTREA


Subject had just relocated from Palm Springs area. During the search, detectives learned that the subject had arranged for transit back to the Palm Springs area. Subject was observed via video tape at the Escondido and Mira Mesa Transit Centers waiting for transportation.

Lessons learned/ suggestions for future operations: