Search Efforts to Find Sam Sayers

Sam went hiking in Vesper Peak which is 75 miles NE of Seattle on the morning of August 1, 2018. She is an avid and experienced hiker, but she did not return home that evening. Search and rescue (SAR) efforts have been underway since August 2, 2018. This is the official gofundme set up to supply funds for the rescue mission of Sam. Below you will find the most recent press release with details of the mission:

The Mission to Find Sam Sayers Continues As Family Turns to Professional Help and Search Takes Another Turn.

After 41 days, the search for Sam Sayers, a seasoned hiker who went missing in the cascades on August 1st, is showing no signs of slowing.  New Search Operation Managers are being brought in and the family is moving towards establishing a forward operating base in the mountains so operations can continue uninhibited.

Commanding Warrant Officer CW5 Kevin Dares, the father of Sam Sayers fiancé, will be flying in to oversee search operations and perform duties as Commander of the Forward Operating Base.  CW5 Dares is currently the Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Louisiana National Guard and has over 35 years of military experience. A Black Hawk Pilot with extensive SAR experience, he has operated in multiple hurricanes, including Katrina. He also oversaw air search and rescues operations during the 2016 flooding of central Louisiana.  With multiple deployments including Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Horn of Africa with Operation Enduring Freedom, CW5 Dares is expected to bring operations into a more professional and organized structure.

At the recommendation of the Jon Francis Foundation, and under Chief Dares, Carlton Carr will perform as Search Operations Manager.  The family believes that with over 28 yrs of experience hiking and mountaineering in the Cascades, Carlton’s expertise will be instrumental in finding Sam.  Carlton feels he was born for this.  His father, Carlton Carr Sr., a SAR (Search And Rescue) leader and manager in Colorado and Utah, first enrolled him in survival school at age 11. Carlton Jr. is a Life/Eagle Scout from the Uinta District, has TCCC and wilderness first aid training, is FEMA certified, first aid certified and has managed and directed multiple private search missions including being a key first responder in the SGT. Eric Massey rescue.  

Resources continue to be gathered and plans are in motion to establish an operating base within the mountains.  HiLine Helicopters will be flying in canvas tents, wood burning stoves, satellite phones, communications equipment, inverter generators and more to Lake Elan so that crews can establish a permanent forward operating base.  

Tim Sorenson of CRT and Drone Operations manager for the “Find Sam Sayers Team” is excited for the possibilities moving forward.  He says that what they are accomplishing here is breaking new ground and drone operations have the potential to add an effective new weapon to the arsenal of SAR. With generators on site the searchers are looking to continue with the operations set forth by the Jon Francis Foundation.  The generators give the teams, led by Sorenson, the ability to compile an enormous amount of footage daily that can be uploaded with remote internet connections.

The Snohomish Sheriffs Department continues to scout the mountain with helicopters for any new signs and the family would like to thank all SAR and the Snohomish Sheriff’s Department for their continued efforts and help throughout this trying time.

The search teams need qualified Mountaineers and certified HRD and Cross Trained K9 Teams who are capable of handling the terrain and environmental challenges of Vesper Peak.

The funds from this go fund me are going directly into the hands of Kevin and Michael Dares to continue spearheading this mission. 

For more information and to follow updates in real time please follow the #findsamsayers Facebook page.

Thank you all for your prayers, positive vibes and donations in helping bring Sam home! Lisa (Sam's mom) Kevin, and all of the other family and friends of Sam express their deepest gratitude. 

#loveandlight #today #samsarmy #findsamsayers

Fundraising team (4)

Jennifer Hirdes
Raised $10,516 from 229 donations
Gold Bar, WA
Michael Dares
Raised $1,125 from 23 donations
Kelsey Martinez
Team member
Raised $4,128 from 71 donations
Jessica Dares
Team member
Raised $3,095 from 22 donations

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