Redwood City Man Missing in Aptos Hills

A 74-year-old man staying at a retreat in the forest was reported missing Sunday morning, and may be lost in the woods.

According to an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, a 74-year-old Redwood City man went missing from the Monte Toyon retreat center in the Aptos Hills on Sunday.

The article indicates a search-and-rescue effort is growing today as the time the man has been missing nears the 24-hour point.

The man, whose name has not been released, was staying at the Monte Toyon retreat center in the Aptos Hills and was reported missing when he did not show up for his usual 9:15 a.m. church service on Sunday.

The Sentinel reports Sgt. Robin Mitchell of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office as saying, "He is a happy, healthy, very fit 74-year-old who probably just took a wrong turn," Mitchell said.

Some speculate the man went for a hike or was perhaps practicing yoga out in the forest when he may have either become disoriented or simply lost his way.

The man is described as 5'11", weighing around 195 pounds, with a full head of grey hair that he often wears pushed back from his face. He is believed to have been wearing gray sweatpants at the time he went missing.

The Sheriff's Office reports that two women may have seen him in the forest around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He was on a trail in the Vienna Woods neighborhood off Mesa Verde Drive and asked the women how to get to Monte Toyon, Mitchell reported.

The Sheriff's Office is reportedly requesting help from several neighboring agencies to scour the woods for the man, using both dogs and motorcyclists, as well as assistance from Red Cross volunteers.

Sheriff's deputies are asking anyone who spots a man matching the description to immediately call 9-1-1.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.


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