Search and Rescue Operation


On 01/19/2021 at approximately 1827 hours, the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office received a report of three (3) adults and possibly a 1-year-old child, all residents of Maxwell, stuck in the snow at Well’s Campground in the Mendocino National Forest with no way out. Furthermore, the individuals were without food or water and were not prepared to spend the night in the inclement weather. The Glenn County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Dispatch Center lost contact with the stranded parties and could not re-contact any of the stranded parties due the remote area and poor cellphone reception.

The Glenn County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was activated and a team responded to Well’s Campground. At the time of this operation, temperatures had already fallen to below freezing and were expected to fall even further throughout the night. Amanda Polit, Cody Polit and Alondra Reyez were located and rescued. After an on scene investigation, it was determined the child did not go to the snow and was safe. All parties were safely escorted back to the valley and reunited with their families.

The mountain roads are especially hazardous this year due to lack of vegetation from the forest fires. The Glenn County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue would like to remind everyone to drive safely, tell friends or family of your planned route, when you expect to return, pack an emergency bag in case you become stranded, and dress appropriately for weather conditions.