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1850 - Death Valley '49er William Robinson dies in Soledad Canyon from drinking too much cool water [story]
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Update: A body was found in Rowher Flats Saturday evening, according to Shirley Miller, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station public information officer.

The identification of the body has not yet been confirmed.

Miller said the body was found at about 4:30 p.m. with the help of a search and rescue team and the air bureau.

“It looked like a rollover accident,” Miller said. “CHP will be investigating it.”

Dozens were searching for the Saugus man who went missing in Rowher Flats earlier this week.

According to Fire Prevention Officer Tom Guzman, a truck and trailer belonging to 61-year-old Michael Skelton was seen in a parking lot in Rowher Flats last Sunday.image

Skelton’s friends say they have not heard from him.

“If he was planning on being gone long he wouldn’t have left his keys in the truck,” said Jared Yochim, a friend of Skeltons.

Skelton also left his diabetic medication on the front seat of his grey Ford F-250.

No missing persons report was filed because Skelton is reportedly estranged from his family.

In addition to Los Angels County Fire Department and the U.S. Forestry Service Search and Rescue, there are dozens of good samaritans searching for Skelton.

Yochim posted on Facebook about his missing friend and it was shared hundreds of times.

“Through Facebook we have 30 people who showed up to search for him,” said Yochim.

Skelton was reportedly driving a side-by-side Polaris Ranger and may have a dog with him.

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69 Comments

  1. Charles says:

    Yochim does not know the missing person, as reported, he is a Good Samaritan who is helping to locate him. He went above and beyond , doing research to figure this out. Did you read his fb posts? Typical misrepresentation of facts by the media…

  2. Carol Round Carol Round says:

    Very sad situation.

  3. Teri Cuadros Teri Cuadros says:

    Praying for him and his loved ones. Condolences

  4. Keith Dill Keith Dill says:

    Sorry to hear this! We went out this morning looking for him. RIP.

  5. Rhonda Soria Rhonda Soria says:

    Omg so sorry to hear that! Rip

  6. Judith Boyd Judith Boyd says:

    Not the outcome everyone was hoping for.

  7. Nena Lo Nena Lo says:

    Evelyn Lozano Alex Woodcox

  8. Shilo Knoll Shilo Knoll says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with the community. The way the community pulled together was heart warming.

  9. Juan Vallejo Juan Vallejo says:

    Deputies found him, or a group of locals. I heard it was the latter. Regardless, rip.

  10. Robert King Robert King says:

    Rody Jarve check it out.

  11. Megan Foster Megan Foster says:

    Maybe the sheriffs should have went and looked for him when my friend called two weeks ago about this. So sad :(

  12. Condolences for the family , I usually ride over here

  13. Kevin Peare this is why I hate when you wanna go riding alone! RIP to this man and prayers to his family!

  14. Sad news! Not the outcome we were hoping for!! Glad everyone came together to search for him. Prayers sent!

  15. When are they going to close that place? How many people have to die there?

  16. Tammy Somers Tammy Somers says:

    Thank you to all the volunteers from FB that went out and found him

  17. Steven Craig Steven Craig says:

    I love how the sheriff’s are lying and taking credit for looking for and finding him. Despicable.

  18. Damn. This is so sad. Rip

  19. Such a sad ending… RIP…

  20. Some of these comments are so sad…smh

  21. Such a sad ending…….May he Rest In Peace

  22. Pete Divall Pete Divall says:

    Thank you to Jared Yochim for noticing something wasn’t right! You can only play the hand you’re dealt. And thank you for all the extra effort!

  23. What a sad way to die, but has anyone seen the dog?

  24. Jeff Lawson Jeff Lawson says:

    Going out doing something you love isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s sad for the family and friends, but I can think of a thousand other ways to go that are worse than dying while doing something you enjoy.

    • Really a sad deal on so many levels. I’m proud of this community. I’m also happy he was found. Thankful for the volunteers that found him. I hope this reinforces what all offroaders already know…don’t go riding alone.

  25. Ivan Sanzana says:

    This is very sad to hear, we’re a small community and it’s very hard to see such tragedy especially during the holidays. May he rest in peace.

  26. Cecilia Helton says:

    Michael Skeleton was a loner and it was not strange that he’d be gone for lengths of time. He was a kind friendly man in the neighborhood and I’ve lived here for over 15 years now. Offloading is a fun family sport. And a favorite pass time for most of this Valley. Don’t let one man’s accident and tragedy be a reson to squabble over do’s and don’t’s. Have a happy and healthy New Year everyone.

  27. Tiffani Titi Crystal

  28. Jeri Nelson Jeri Nelson says:

    love him with all my heart

  29. Jeri Nelson Jeri Nelson says:

    thank all of you guys who went out and look for him

  30. That’s Shirley Shirley ?

  31. Thank you to all of you who helped in finding my brother. It was a sad end to a very long road… He took his final ride. He loved his rhino and the out doors. His dog was not with him,and has found a good home. Michael I love you.. RIP brother. Sandra Skelton Montgomery.

  32. Mary Baldwin Mary Baldwin says:

    Sandy I am so sorry to hear about Mike. My love and condolences to you and your family. May he rest peacefully in a happier place. Hugs to everyone.

  33. Donna Ball Donna Ball says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. I’m thinking of you and your family.

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