Search Continues for Missing Hiker in Valley Center

Special units have been called in to track down Michael Reeder

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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    San Diego County Sheriff's Department

    The search for a missing hiker in the southern Valley Center area has been suspended by the San Diego County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team, but deputies will continue looking for him. 

    About 80 people on foot, K-9 units, mounted officers and the dive team arrived Saturday morning around Lake Wohlford to search for 43-year-old Michael Raymond Reeder. 

    He has not been seen since at least April 10, and his empty vehicle was found parked in a secluded area of Oakvale Road by the California Highway Patrol and Lake Wohlford Rangers. 

    Not long after, his mother -- who lives in Northern California -- reported him missing. 

    Reeder's acquaintances told search and rescue officials that he has been known to spend time in the Valley Center area. 

    Since then, other agencies like the Lake Wohlford Rangers, U.S. Border Patrol and the Red Cross joined the search. 

    The Search and Rescue team's operation was suspended around 1:15 p.m. Saturday. From here, deputies will continue their investation and search for Reeder. 

    According to Sheriff's Lt. Clayton Lisk, Reeder is a known drug user with a combative personality and a couple of overdoses noted.

    However, foul play is not suspected in his disappearance. 

    Reeder is a 6-foot tall white man who weighs about 230 pounds. 

    If you know where he may be, call the San Diego Sheriff's Department at 858-565-5200.