Yosemite National Park issued a missing person alert on Saturday for Joel Thomazin, 31, of Denair, who was last seen starting out on a solo hike Sept. 6 near Hetch Hetchy.
According to the park service, Thomazin had planned a solo hike from Hetch Hetchy to Lake Eleanor and then back to Hetch Hetchy starting on Sept. 6 and returning Sept. 9.
The park service asked anyone who was in the area of Miguel Meadow, Lake Eleanor or on the trails around Hetch Hetchy since Sept. 6 to contact Yosemite Search and Rescue at 209-238-7046.
Thomazin was described by the park service as a white male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall with buzzed brown-colored hair. He had a Kelty brand yellow and gray backpack, green sleeping bag, bright red inflatable kayak, blue/green hammock and tan or blue zip-off pants.
Amanda Thomazin, Joel’s wife, asked for prayers for his safe return on a Facebook post from Sunday. Her posted also stated that eight search and rescue teams were looking for Joel.
“Pray for every person, dog, boat, and helicopter who searching. Pray for Joel's safety and strength. Pray that he is ok. Pray that he has water. Pray that he can get to a place to be seen. Pray that Joel knows that he is not alone out there. Pray for me and our family, that we can stay positive today and take refuge in the peace of God,” Amanda Thomazin posted.
Calls to Yosemite National Park and the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department were not immediately returned.
The Linked In profile for Thomazin states that he is a Sonora Union High graduate and Stanislaus State alumnus, a Civil Affairs Specialists with the United States Army Reserve and employed by Sanny Bros. Royalty Restoration in Modesto.