Daniel Komins was last seen in the Trinity Alps by other hikers on Aug. 11. New information obtained today suggests he may have subsequently taken a different path than he originally planned

Trinity County Sheriff’s Office release: 


The Search and Rescue efforts pertaining to Daniel Komins continued throughout the day of August 16, 2019.

The efforts included over forty individual ground searchers, as well as numerous helicopter teams and various all-terrain vehicle teams. Additionally, several ground searchers were inserted via helicopter to high elevation areas, in order to search hard to access trails.

Although the efforts have continued, Komins has yet to be located. Several additional backpackers have been located who had contact with Komins on August 11, 2019. Based on the information provided by these individuals, additional areas have been plotted to be searched, as it appears that Komins may have deviated from his initial itinerary.

It should be noted that during the contact with Komins on August 11, 2019, he had reportedly been in good health and with a supply of food, water and backpacking materials.

The Search and Rescue efforts will continue on August 17, 2019. Numerous other Search and Rescue teams have responded to the area in order to assist in the search.

For clarification purposes, the Global Positioning System device which Komins had been carrying is not transmitting any signal. It is this information, which makes it appear that the device is operating inappropriately.

Once additional information is obtained, supplemental press releases shall be issued.

Persons of Interest: 

  • Daniel Komins, DOB: April 12, 1985

Agencies involved:

  • Trinity County Sheriff’s Office
  • Trinity County Search and Rescue
  • Butte County Search and Rescue
  • Marin County Search and Rescue
  • Contra Costa County Search and Rescue
  • California Highway Patrol