Crews searching for missing Atascadero man
January 21, 2013
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit is searching for an Atascadero man who went hiking Saturday morning and never returned home.
Richard Gates, 44, of Atascadero left around 6:30 a.m. to go hiking near Ragged Point. His wife told deputies he sometimes spends the night when he goes hiking.
However, when he did not return home on Sunday she filed a missing persons report. Deputies then discovered Gates’ vehicle parked near the Ragged Point Inn.
Gates is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, weighing 290 pounds with brown eyes and a beard. Deputies said Gates is possibly wearing khaki pants, a long-sleeved khaki shirt and brown boots.
Anyone with information about Gates is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 781-4550.