Man found alive after reported as missing at Castaic Lake

Lifeguards at Castaic Lake search for a missing person Monday. July 12, 2021. Bobby Block / The Signal.

A Fontana man was found alive and treated for injuries Monday morning after being reported missing at Castaic Lake by family Sunday afternoon. 

57-year-old Luis Arellano was found shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, after his family reported him missing during a picnic at the lake Sunday afternoon. 

“Yesterday at approximately 3 (p.m.) lifeguards received a message from the family saying they’re missing their father,” said Tracy Hild, aquatics manager at Castaic Lake. 

Hild added lifeguards conducted a full search of the park and water and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Parks Bureau were dispatched to search the surrounding area. 

The search continued throughout the night and into Monday morning, Hild said. The Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s search and rescue team was dispatched to set up a search party Monday, and a person on a mountain bike found Arellano near the upper portion of the lake atop a hill. 

“The mountain biker called us and said that there was a man fitting the description,” said Hild. “He found the man and called to say he thought he found the guy that we’ve been looking for.” 

Arellano suffers from memory loss, Hild said, and was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital to receive treatment for head injuries. 

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