Ventura County Sheriff's copter extracting a field team along the Sespe Creek. Photo by Paul Raab
06/17/14, Tuesday 05:00 – 06/22/14, Sunday, 20:00 Hours
One Wednesday, June 11, two off-duty Arcadia Fire Dept. firefighters started a four day backpacking trip in the Los Padres National Forest north of Fillmore. Their plan was to start their hike at the Dough Flats trailhead and end at the Tar Creek trailhead. One of the backpackers, Michael Herdman brought his dog Duke along. On Friday evening, while sitting around their camp along the Sespe Creek, Duke run off. Herdman chased after Duke wearing only shorts and t-shirt but no shoes. Neither Herdman nor Duke returned.