Update: Crews continue search for Kyle Doan over weekend
Update posted Jan. 30, 7:30 a.m.:
– About 35 members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and members of the sheriff’s dive team conducted another search Saturday near San Miguel for Kyle Doan, the 5-year-old boy who was swept away in flood waters earlier this month.
The search took place in the water and on land north of the area where previous searches were conducted.
Saturday’s search is part of the ongoing search efforts to find Kyle as crews continue north. The sheriff’s office posted an update and photos of the search efforts on its Facebook page Saturday:
Update posted Jan. 23, 6 a.m.:
– Search crews will continue to look for missing Paso Robles boy Kyle Doan this week.
Almost 300 people from 10 different sheriff’s offices around California as well as Cal OES and Cal Fire are involved in the search.
The search involves dive team members, search and rescue personnel, K9s, and specialized heavy equipment.
Crews are also using advanced technology to help them in their search for missing 5-year-old Kyle Doan. Each search team is outfitted with a device that geo-locates their movements and allows them to pinpoint areas of interest. That information is relayed back to the command post for further analysis.
The sheriff’s office posted multiple times over the weekend on social media about the continued search efforts:
Update posted Jan. 18, 7 a.m.:
Update posted Jan. 14, 6:45 a.m.:
Update: Sheriff asks public not to search on their own for missing boy
– On Friday, the sheriff’s search operations continued for missing 5-year-old Kyle Doan who was swept away by raging floodwaters on Monday near San Miguel.
Search efforts are continuing with sheriff’s dive and search personnel along with CHP air operations. At this time, outside agencies and the California National Guard have concluded their assistance as storms return.
Friday’s search operations took place where San Marcos creek empties into the Salinas River. Additionally, search teams continue to monitor San Marcos creek levels and recheck areas as necessary as water levels and conditions change.
Future search operations will be conducted on a continuous but limited basis as weather permits.
The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s cooperation in not conducting self-initiated searches. These searches can actually be a detriment to ongoing search operations, says the sheriff’s office.
Update posted Jan. 13, 6:30 a.m.:
Hundreds help in search for missing boy
– San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s search operations continued yesterday for missing 5-year-old Kyle Doan who was swept away by raging floodwaters on Monday near San Miguel.
On Thursday, approximately 120 members of the California National Guard began assisting with the search. That’s in addition to search and rescue and dive personnel from San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Sacramento County, Santa Clara County, and Kern County Sheriff’s Offices.
Additionally, there are six K9 teams along with members of the California Rescue Dog Association, three Cal Fire hand crews, CHP air operations, drone teams from San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and Grover Beach Police Department, and members of the California Office of Emergency Services.
In total, approximately 200 personnel are involved in the search.
The search is being conducted in extremely challenging conditions with mud and debris hampering the efforts. This is a comprehensive effort to search every brush pile and area of debris, says the sheriff’s office.
Update posted Jan. 12, 6:30 a.m.:
National Guard to join search efforts
– On Wednesday afternoon, the first wave of over 100 National Guard personnel arrived in North County to assist with the search for missing 5-year-old Kyle Doan, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.
More troops will arrive today to continue to assist with the search as conditions permit, according to the sheriff’s office. The National Guard will join the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, USAR (Underwater Search and Rescue) team, drone team, deputies, detectives, and air operations in the search.
Extensive search operations have been underway for the last three days.
Update posted Jan. 11, 3 p.m.
Search crews continue to look for missing 5-year-old Kyle Doan
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office released the following update at 1:15 p.m. today:
On 1-11-23, sheriff’s search operations resumed for missing 5-year-old Kyle Doan who was swept away by raging floodwaters on 1-9-23 near San Miguel.
Yesterday, on 1-10-23, search operations were conducted most of the day. Those resources included the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, USAR (Underwater Search and Rescue) team, drone team, deputies, detectives, and air operations.
Today, the sheriff’s office received mutual aid resources from other law enforcement agencies including dive team members, search and rescue team members, and K9 units from Ventura County and Santa Barbara County.
Additionally, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office has supplied personnel with sonar equipment to aid in the search.
We thank our mutual aid partners for helping us with the search while having to deal with rain-related incidents in their own counties.
Search efforts will continue the rest of the day and will continue tomorrow as well if warranted.
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Update posted Jan. 11, 6:15 a.m.:
Search concludes for the day
– The search for 5-year-old Kyle Doan will continue today after concluding overnight due to low visibility, according to the sheriff’s office:
Update posted Jan. 10, 11:30 a.m.:
Child identified as 5-year-old Kyle Doan
– San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office search operations will resume this morning for a missing 5-year-old boy who was swept yesterday by raging floodwaters near San Miguel. The search operations had to be discontinued yesterday after approximately five hours because the extreme weather conditions were making it unsafe for first responders to continue their efforts.
A break in the intense storms is allowing today’s search which will involve all available resources of the sheriff’s office including the USAR (Underwater Search and Rescue) Team and air operations. The conditions, however, remain extremely dangerous. The water level is high and continues to be fast-moving. The public is strongly cautioned not to conduct self-initiated searches and put themselves in harm’s way and become a victim requiring resources that would otherwise be used for searching.
The boy has been identified as Kyle Doan, 5 years old. He is described as having short dirty blond hair, hazel eyes, and is 4 feet tall, and 52 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black puffer jacket with a red liner, blue jeans, and blue and gray Nike tennis shoes.
Update posted Jan 10, 7:50 a.m.:
Search for missing child called off due to unsafe conditions
– The search for a missing 5-year-old child swept away in flood waters has been called off due to extreme weather conditions, according to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Tony Cipolla.
“At approximately 3 p.m. today, the sheriff’s USAR team (Underwater Search and Rescue) discontinued the search for the missing 5-year-old after several hours of searching because the extreme weather conditions became too unsafe for first responders,” said Cipolla, “They will re-evaluate the weather conditions to see when they can resume the search.”
The missing child has not been declared dead, Cipolla said.
Original story posted Jan 9, 12 p.m.:
Five-year-old swept away in flood waters, search in progress
– A five-year-old child is missing after being swept away in flood waters in a North County creek bed, according to multiple reports.
At 7:50 a.m. today, Cal Fire reportedly responded to a call of a vehicle stuck in the flooded San Marcos creekbed outside of San Miguel with a woman and child inside.
Reports say the woman was pulled to shore by local residents, but the child was last seen in the water moving away from the vehicle.
Cal Fire, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, San Luis Obispo County Search and Rescue, and California Highway Patrol are assisting with the search for the child.
If you have any information about the incident or the child’s whereabouts, contact the sheriff’s office at (805) 781-4540.