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Palo Alto couple gone missing in Marin County

Original post made on Feb 17, 2020

A Palo Alto couple who had rented a room in Marin County last week and were due to check out Saturday morning have gone missing, prompting a search-and-rescue operation, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 17, 2020, 9:36 AM

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25 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2020 at 10:02 am

Praying that they are found safe and soon. Please keep us updated.


9 people like this
Posted by thx1104
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2020 at 11:14 am

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13 people like this
Posted by AJM
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 17, 2020 at 11:55 am

Please consider a donation in support of the rescue of these two wonderful neighbors & people.
I went to the site of the rescue worker shown in the news coverage and this seem a good way to help.
Marin County Search and Rescue.
Web Link


23 people like this
Posted by historyguy
a resident of Portola Valley
on Feb 17, 2020 at 1:53 pm

I hope the FBI is called in to investigate what could be an abduction. My two friends are calm, smart, experienced hikers, and good hearted. [Portion removed due to deletion of referenced comment.]


14 people like this
Posted by a friend
a resident of University South
on Feb 17, 2020 at 2:21 pm

Good people, I feel so helpless. Hoping for a positive outcome.


27 people like this
Posted by SCR
a resident of University South
on Feb 17, 2020 at 4:31 pm

We're friends of Carol & Ian and we've been in touch with the family.

The searchers are currently using horses, K9 teams, drones, helicopters, water teams and ground searchers. They have also utilized heat seeking cameras. We just made a donation in Carol & Ian's name to Marin Search and Rescue. We hope others will too. And, we continue to hope and pray for a speedy rescue.


18 people like this
Posted by SCR
a resident of University South
on Feb 17, 2020 at 6:16 pm

Just got an update from the family. The searchers haven't located them yet. They'll restart at 8A tomorrow morning. I was forwarded a map of what the search teams have covered but I don't know how to post it here. What they've covered is extensive and all over the place, plus flyovers on the inaccessible areas. ABC News says over 130 people are involved in the search.


14 people like this
Posted by MS
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 17, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Thank you for the updates SCR. Ian & Carol are very good friends of ours. We were expecting to see them this week. I am shocked and really appreciate knowing what is happening. Heartbreaking to think what could have happened. Could you please keep me in the loop? marthascherzer@yahoo.com


9 people like this
Posted by SCR
a resident of University South
on Feb 17, 2020 at 7:43 pm

To all of Carol & Ian's friends.

At the moment, the last known person to talk with them was early afternoon on Friday. Their disappearance was discovered by the cleaner Saturday morning. They were supposed to have checked out of their rental Saturday. If anyone has spoken with Ian or Carol sometime Friday, especially mid-afternoon or later, please contact Marin County Sheriff's office: 415-479-2311.


9 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 17, 2020 at 7:47 pm

CBS News report has more details: Web Link


6 people like this
Posted by SCR
a resident of University South
on Feb 17, 2020 at 8:49 pm

I've posted the search map on Nextdoor, for those who have access.


9 people like this
Posted by Hmm
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 18, 2020 at 2:08 am

We are so fortunate to live in the U.S., where law enforcement searches for missing people. Other countries don’t care.

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11 people like this
Posted by Bambi
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 18, 2020 at 2:35 am

I am stunned - they are my neighbors - they are great people and very active
I am praying they are found safe - I can not wrap my head around this news
I see them nearly every day -

Palo Alto resident and concerned neighbor


7 people like this
Posted by Rose
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 18, 2020 at 6:39 am

I’m keeping them in my thoughts, and I hope that they are found safely.


7 people like this
Posted by SCUBA
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 18, 2020 at 9:35 am

[Post removed. Please don't post comments speculating on what may have happened to the couple.]



10 people like this
Posted by Trish
a resident of University South
on Feb 18, 2020 at 10:41 am

David and I hope our friends and neighbors are found safe and sound soon.


5 people like this
Posted by VS
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Wish we knew how to help.


8 people like this
Posted by Elsa
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 18, 2020 at 2:04 pm

Lovely couple, keeping them in my thoughts and praying for a safe return to Palo Alto.


3 people like this
Posted by Pelican
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 18, 2020 at 5:20 pm

If you are not familiar with the area,it is easy to get lost.


6 people like this
Posted by Mikael
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 19, 2020 at 12:35 am

@Hmm, what do you know about other countries don't care?

You have absolutely no knowledge whatsoever.


6 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2020 at 8:16 pm

According to tv news reports, family have arrived in Marin from elsewhere. The news coming out is that there are no leads and the search continues.

If the family are reading this, our thoughts and prayers are with you all as this continues.


1 person likes this
Posted by Careful where you hike
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 20, 2020 at 9:15 am

Lots of Cartel run illegal Marijuana growers in that area. Really not a wise to go hike in many parts of California anymore,


3 people like this
Posted by POTUS Search Assistance?
a resident of another community
on Feb 20, 2020 at 9:25 am

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6 people like this
Posted by From Other Areas
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 20, 2020 at 3:23 pm

> Lots of Cartel run illegal Marijuana growers in that area. Really not a wise to go hike in many parts of California anymore,

^^^ as in Mexican cartel? There have been countless reportages of such encampments throughout California public lands.

Most of them are armed.


4 people like this
Posted by Local
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2020 at 12:04 pm

Breaking news, they've been found alive!

This is fantastic news. Please keep us all informed of developments. Thanks to all search and rescue who made this happen.


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