San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Press Release

DATE/TIME: February 25, 2018/9:40 pm
INCIDENT: Search and Rescue
LOCATION: Ladder Canyon Trail in the Mecca Hills
VICTIM(S): John Berryhill, 74 and Caron Berryhill, 53


On Sunday, February 25th at approximately 9:40 pm, John and Caron were hiking in the Mecca Hills along the Ladder Canyon Trail located in Riverside County. The two went off trail and became disoriented. They realized they were lost and called the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for help just before sunset. The Riverside Sheriff’s Department deployed ground search and rescue teams to locate the hikers and requested assistance from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s desert patrol helicopter (40K1) responded from Apple Valley with a crew of pilot Deputy Brimmer and tactical flight officer Deputy Mejia. The crew flew to the latitude and longitude from the hiker’s 911 call. Upon arrival, the crew of 40K1 quickly located the hikers standing with Riverside County search and rescue team members. The crew of 40K1 were able to land nearby and loaded Caron and a rescuer in the helicopter. The two were flown to the command post and left with Riverside County Sheriff’s personnel. The crew of 40K1 returned to the scene, picked up John and the remaining search and rescue team member and flew them to the command post.

Refer: Deputy Chris Mejia
Station: Station 40/ Aviation Unit
Phone No. (909) 252-4100
Case No. RSO INC# C18056032

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department
Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division
655 E. Third Street
San Bernardino, California 92415-0061
Telephone: (909) 387-3700