Missing Big Sur Man

Update 6/19 at 8:30 pm. Wayne is safe, and uninjured, thank goodness. His family and friends want to thank the South Coast community for all their help and support.

Update 6/19: rumors are flying, most of them not true. I’ve had contact with Jenny, Janine, and Richard directly. The Mill Creek drainage and trails have been thoroughly searched from the Highway to South Coast Ridge Rd.

Wayne Hyland, a longtime Big Sur resident who lives at Rancho Rico, has gone missing. His family is very worried. His sister, Chris, asked me to post this. He was at his brother’s house on Apple Pie Ridge on Saturday evening, was seen driving off, and has not been seen since. On Monday, his car was found about a mile up Nacimiento Rd., locked. Wayne has a long-standing reputation in the Big Sur community of being kind and gentle, and knows these hills and how to survive out here well.

His family and friends have been down here searching since Sunday, and his sister was staying at Kirk Creek Campground while the search continues. She went to the USFS Pacific Valley Station to report this late this afternoon. I am trying to find a recent photograph I can post. Please keep your eyes and ears open, and lets hope he is found safe and sound. If you have any information, please contact his family members, Richard Mole, or me, and I will get a hold of family members.


10 thoughts on “Missing Big Sur Man

  1. there is i think a good photo if wayne in the big sur bakery cook book. maybe they have it on the computers and can just scan it to you kate.

  2. Our prayers are out that Wayne is found safe and uninjured. He has been a very longtime friend, and a fellow fisherman. I have just finished a long and hazardous journey across the desert to the mountains of Idaho, and the previous week, had a dangerous battle back to port in my own fishing skiff, against a sudden, nasty southerly gale. Yes, danger is a part of our lives, and I know that my wife and friends worry. Now, I worry for Wayne. Wayne is a very capable guy, who has handled all sorts of dangers (like all of us who deal with what Big Sur can throw at us). All we can do is hope and pray.

  3. Very worrying report. Along with all others I wish his safe return and the good news of that soon. Some clues can likely be discovered.

  4. I hope Wayne is safe and just taking a little hiatus. He is a pretty rugged, and experienced mountain man from what I know. Has anyone hiked the Mill Creek Trail and checked the Sally Digs Homestead? It has been warm the last few nights, so hopefully everything is OK. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends, I know this can’t be easy.

  5. Jon, as far as I know, it hasn’t been hiked yet, but PV Station notified around 5-5:30

    bigsurkate, on a mountain top in Big Sur

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