Cyclist missing in Death Valley found dead

A 67-year-old San Francisco man, George Kohler, was found dead in Death Valley Tuesday, after a weeklong search. His body was found between the Mesquite Spring campground, here he was last seen, and the Scotty’s Castle Road in Death Valley National Park. 

Kohler had been exploring Death Valley with a bicycle touring group and was last seen at a campfire at the Mesquite Spring campground Monday, March 12, at approximately 8:00 p.m. According to interviews conducted with the bicycle group, Kohler departed from the campfire after saying he was tired. In the morning when Kohler did not meet up with the rest of the group, his tent was opened up but there was no sign of Kohler or any indication that he slept in his tent. None of his overnight gear or his bike were missing. 


“It appears that Mr. Kohler left the campfire and took off cross-country on foot,” stated Inyo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Coordinator, Corporal Watterbury. “This is a very tragic situation.”

The following agencies are participating in the search: Agencies who are participating in the search include: Inyo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Death Valley National Park Service, California Rescue Dog Association, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.  Air support provided by: Nellis Air Force Base, China Lake Naval Weapons Base, and California Highway Patrol.