Rocklin Hiker Cody Michael and His Dog Found Alive After Days-Long Search

By Denisse Moreno
Denisse Moreno
Denisse Moreno
May 19, 2016 Updated: May 19, 2016

A hiker from Rocklin and have been found safe after a days-long search, said Placer County officials on May 19.

Cody Michael, 23, last contacted his family on May 16. His car had been previously found at the beginning of the Loch Leven trail, said authorities on social media. 

Before he went missing, Michael sent a photo to his family saying he was leaving the area by noon.

He also sent a video to his family.

“My shoes are soaking wet, my feet are freezing,” Michael said as his German Shepherd, Bauer, played in the snow. The hiker was boiling water to make food, he said in the video.

Police said Michael was located by a helicopter crew near the Cherry Point area. He was found with no injuries, but was still medically checked. Authorities said he was “looking great.”

Cody Michael was just found alive and well!” announced Placer County police on Facebook.

Officials also released a video of the dog that was found saying, “Bauer on his way to reunite with his ecstatic family!”

A massive search was conducted when Michael went missing. Dozens of searchers, two Black Hawk helicopters from the California National Guard, and five dogs from the California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) combed the area.

Authorities posted a video on Facebook of the helicopter search and a photo of one of the CARDA dogs.

Placer County also received assistance from El Dorado County and Tahoe Nordic.

Denisse Moreno
Denisse Moreno