One would hope that he is not waiting for the best 'monetary reward' for such.........details.
A memorial service was scheduled to be held on Wednesday morning for Mike Herdman, the Arcadia firefighter whose body was discovered two weeks after he disappeared while on a camping trip in the Los Padres National Forest. Herdman, 36, went missing on June 13 when he and a friend became separated while chasing his runaway dog Duke in the Sespe Wilderness area north of Fillmore. The firefighter’s disappearance prompted a massive search that included hundreds of volunteers who searched 50 square miles by air, ground and horseback. Eight days after Herdman went missing, his dog was found and authorities decided to scale back the search. Family photos show Mike Herdman with his wife and their daughter. He went missing June 13, 2014, during a camping trip in a remote area of the Sespe Wilderness. Family photos show Mike Herdman with his wife and their daughter. He went missing June 13, 2014, during a camping trip in a remote area of the Sespe Wilderness. Herdman’s body was discovered on June 27 in a rugged cliff area less than a mile away from where he had last been seen exactly two weeks earlier, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. He died from blunt force trauma, Armando Chavez with the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office said. His death was ruled an accident. The memorial service was scheduled to be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center on the campus of Arcadia High School, which is located at 188 Campus Dr. (map), according to an Arcadia Fire Department news release. A private reception for family members would follow the service. Starting at 6 a.m., Campus Drive will be closed to all traffic from Santa Anita Avenue to Park Avenue, while El Monte Avenue between Duarte Road and Campus Drive will be closed to northbound traffic, the news release stated. The closures were expected to remain in place until 3 p.m.
The weekend of spirituality turned deadly for a 19 year-old Los Angeles-area man whose shoeless body was discovered on the slopes after he attempted to climb to the top of the mountain wearing only a T-shirt and sweatpants.
The last time he was seen was in the Old Ski Bowl where he was participating in an 11-11-11 group meditation with 10 other people.
His friends said that he took off his shoes and began hiking up the mountain to place a rock on top of Mount Shasta, whose summit is at 14, 171 feet.
The group apparently thought he needed to go to the bathroom, or wanted some time alone, and nobody stopped him.
It's unclear why the man felt he had to take his shoes off and place a rock on top of the mountain, but when nobody could locate him after he went missing, the search that had begun was postponed after nightfall; his body was discovered the next day at an elevation of 9,600 feet.
Friends of the man's family were baffled and described him as bright, well-educated, and not part of any church or religious cult. He was described as a college-student and not prone to doing stupid things, according to those who were closest to him. And they were disturbed because so many unanswered questions surrounded the tragic event.
According to his friends, the toxicology report came back negative for any kind of drugs or alcohol being present in his system. The pathologist determined that his death was caused by hypothermia as a result of becoming lost, disoriented, and confused up on the mountain.
Why did this person wander away from his friends after a spiritual group-meditation, convinced that he had to climb to the top of the mountain with no shoes to place a rock there? Did something influence him? What was his state of mind that day to attempt doing such a thing?