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October 20, 2016

Press release / VSP-Rutland / Missing hiker / 16C105840 / October 18, 2016 / Wallingford, VT

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

 

CASE#: 16C105840

TROOPER: Stephenson                                                                         

STATION: Rutland                     

CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101

 

DATE/TIME: October 18, 2016 at approximately 1809 hours

LOCATION: Green Mountain National Forest, White Rocks Recreation Area, Wallingford, VT

INCIDENT: Lost hiker

 

LOST SUBJECT: Ravinder Grewal

AGE: 54

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: El Cerrito, CA

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

On October 18, 2016 at approximately 1809 hours, Ravinder Grewal contacted Vermont 911 from a cell phone reporting he had become disoriented and lost while hiking in the area of the White Rocks Recreation Area, in the Town of Wallingford, VT. 911 dispatchers were able to determine a general area where Grewal had become lost. Troopers responded and discovered the area was a remote hillside with no obvious trail access.

 

Troopers, including a canine, and a volunteer citizen hiked into the general area Grewal was thought to be in. After just under one hour, Grewal was located safe and escorted out of the forest without further incident. Investigation revealed Grewal had entered the forest from the White Rocks Picnic Area around 1300 hours and had become disorientated near dusk while attempting to hike back to his vehicle. Grewal left the established trail, realized he was lost and contacted Vermont 911. To his credit, Grewal remained stationary after calling 911 until searchers located him.

 

The Vermont State Police would like to recognize Wallingford resident Zachary Maniery who volunteered to assist troopers with the search. Maniery’s knowledge of the area significantly reduced the time it took to locate Grewal.

 

Grewal was not injured and after a brief recovery, was returned to his vehicle. The Vermont State Police would like to remain hikers to be prepared before entering any wilderness area. Hikers should carry adequate food, water, first-aid supplies, clothing, a light source(s) and become familiar with the area before engaging in recreational activities in remote wilderness areas.