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Help Us Find Gene Penaflor
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Gene Penaflor (72 years old), has been missing since Tuesday, September 24th, 2013. He left Monday morning, September 23rd, on a deer hunting trip with his hunting partner in the Mendocino National forest. They were supposed to meet at noon for ...

THANK YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING OUR CAUSE.  WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT GENE PENAFLOR WAS DISCOVERED BY HUNTERS AFTER 19 DAYS OF BEING LOST IN MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST ON OCTOBER 12, 2013.

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Gene Penaflor (72 years old), has been missing since Tuesday, September 24th, 2013. He left Monday morning, September 23rd, on a deer hunting trip with his hunting partner in the Mendocino National forest. They were supposed to meet at noon for lunch after their morning hunt but he never showed up. After filing the missing person's report after the mandatory 24-hour period, the Lake County sheriff's department began a search for him Wednesday late afternoon until nightfall.

There were 10-11 counties (including Mendocino County, Lake County, Solano County, Glenn County, Tehama County, Marin County, Contra Costa County, Napa County, San Mateo County, Sonoma County, Siskiyou County and the Bay Area Mountain Rescue group, CHP for the use of their helicopter and the California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) for the K-9s and handlers.ake, Monterey, Siskiyou, San Mateo counties) that participated in the search operation, along with helicopters and four canine units. The Bay Area Mountain Rescue, we were informed were one of the best, also was included in the search.

The search continued through Saturday at 5 pm and was suspended because there was anticipated rain and would compromise the search teams if they continued. After 3 1/2 days of searching and combing the areas, there were no clues to be found. At the end of the search, they informed us they did their best but unfortunately there were no leads. They told us that the case is not closed; the search would continue after the rains stop, but the resources would not be as much as these past 4 days. Till this day (10/6/13) the search has not been resumed due to lack of resources.

The family refuse to believe that after all the work and fine-combing the areas with the amount of volunteers, search teams, helicopters and canine units, that Gene or any leads on his whereabouts cannot be found. Gene is an avid hunter and has been hunting for 30 years. He is a man who is capable of survival skills and extremely knowledgeable about the wilderness. He had a rifle with him when he went hunting, according to his hunting partner for 10 years, Ben . The signal for help was three quick successive shots. Ben never heard those shots and it was unlikely and out of character for Gene to be late for lunch, since they have been hunting in this particular area for at least 7 years.

We need experienced and certified Search & Rescue volunteers to contact the Mendocino Sheriff's Office (707) 463-4411, if you would like to help us continue the search.  The forest is huge with rough and dangerous terrain and we are requesting for knowledgeable hunters and trained search and rescue volunteers to help us find Gene.

Gene is a Bay Area resident, having lived in San Francisco, specifically the Bernal Heights neighborhood, for 30 years. He has two sons, Gale and  Jeremy. He is in good health and has no medical conditions

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