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Missing Palo Alto Woman Rescued Near Ershim Lake in High Sierra



Fresno County's SAR team found hiker Jolly Bose of Palo Alto (blue coat) after she was missing for two days. (Fresno County Sheriff's Office)
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A Fresno County search-and-rescue team found a Palo Alto hiker Tuesday afternoon near Ershim Lake after she was missing for two days.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said that Jolly Bose, 49, was discovered by the crew of the sheriff’s helicopter. She then was flown to the search command post and reunited with friends and family.

Separated From Group Near Dusy Ershim Trail

Fellow hikers reported Bose missing on Sunday afternoon after she became separated from the group east of White Bark Vista and the Dusy Ershim Trail.

Botti said that Bose withstood temperatures in the teens and 5 inches of freshly fallen snow at an elevation of 9,000 feet during the ordeal.

A search-and-rescue team comprised of 35 deputies and volunteers utilized drones, helicopters, horses, 4-wheel drives, and ATVs during the effort.

Teams from Yosemite National Park, the California Office of Emergency Services, and the Marin County Sheriff’s SAR team assisted in the hunt for Bose.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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