Extensive search turns up no sign of experienced hiker

Arvin Walter Nelson

Arvin Walter Nelson

State: CA
Location: Ventana Wilderness, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Date Missing: 08-06-2014
DOB: 03-30-1963
Age: 51
Current Status: Unsolved

Nelson was last seen in the Ventana Wilderness in thePfeiffer Big Sur State Park in California on August 6, 2014. He planned to go for a long hike in the forest and was supposed to return by August 16.

A friend dropped him off at China Camp near Tassajara Road, high and deep in the forest. He was possibly en route to Pine Valley, Pine Falls or the Black Cone Trail. He was supposed to finish his hike at Big Sur Station from Sykes and the Pine Ridge Trail, but he never arrived there and has never been heard from again.

Nelson is an experienced hiker and well-known in the area. An extensive search turned up no sign of him. He is presumed to have gotten lost or injured in the wilderness.

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