Woman missing near Lake Alpine in Alpine County

Rosalyn Saxsenmeier

Updated 11:30 a.m. Tuesday

The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday that it was still searching for a 71-year-old woman who was last seen walking away from her campsite near Lake Alpine about 2 p.m. Thursday.

The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed a report in the Redding Record-Searchlight that Saxenmeier also went missing in Lassen Park in early June of this year, having apparently become disoriented and forgetting the way back to the campsite. She was was found by search and rescue crews the next morning, according to the Record-Searchlight, with only a few bruises, but relatively unharmed.

Enterprise Report

The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that it was still searching for a 71-year-old woman who was last seen walking away from her campsite near Lake Alpine about 2 p.m. Thursday.

A media release described Rosalyn Saxenmeier as 5 feet 1 inches tall, 130 pounds., with short red hair and glasses. She has no known medical issues but may suffer some memory impairment, according to the statement. Her campsite was at the east end of Lake Alpine.

Agencies assisting Alpine County with the search include search and rescue teams from Calaveras, Tuolumne, El Dorado, Marin, Contra Costa and Placer counties, the California Office of Emergency Services and the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit.

Deputy Rob Lyons from Tuolumne County says that anywhere from 30 to 60 personnel are searching, as well as about five marine enforcement personnel searching the lake.

“We’re still optimistic,” said Lyons. The weather has been good; she has no medical problems and there’s plenty of water in the area, he said.

Lyons said that the search has covered about 16 square miles since it began on Thursday afternoon, from Alpine and up Highway 4 to Highland Lakes, then down Highland Creek to the south side of Spicer and into North Fork Stanislaus and up again to Highway 4.

“We start with the most logical areas and go from there,” said Lyons.

July 30

The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office reports it is searching Saturday afternoon for a 71-year-old woman who was last seen walking away from her campsite near Lake Alpine about 2 p.m. Thursday.

A media release described Rosalyn Saxsenmeier as 5 feet 1 inches tall, 130 lbs., with short, red hair and glasses. She has no known medical issues but may suffer some memory impairment, according to the statement. Her campsite was at the east end of Lake Alpine.

Agencies assisting Alpine County with the search include search and rescue teams from Calaveras, Tuolumne, Eldorado, Marin, Contra Costa and Placer counties, the California Office of Emergency Services and the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit.

Deputy Karl Benson, public safety officer for the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office, said that the search has covered about 100 square miles since it began on Thursday afternoon.  He said Saxenmeier is from El Grenada in San Mateo County.

The California Highway Patrol issued a Silver Alert for Saxsenmeier. Officials ask that anyone who finds her calls the Alpine County Sheriff's Office at (209) 753-2232.

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