Plumas County Sheriff Todd Johns says search efforts for the missing hiker in the Feather River Canyon may be periodically suspended. After over a week of continuous day and night searches crews have only been able to locate some clothing and a sleeping bag near the water in the canyon. Sheriff Johns said the water is flowing very fast with the recent snow melt adding to the treacherous terrain of the canyon and making search efforts difficult. Yet despite those elements Sheriff Johns shared Christopher was a skilled and experienced outdoorsman who frequented the canyon with his family and knew the terrain, he also had the proper equipment on him for this excursion. Moving forward there will be a heavier focus along the water for Christopher. The search has included drones, helicopters, thermal imaging and dropping crews into the steep parts of the canyon by helicopter. The Sheriff is still hopeful in a positive outcome yet that hope diminishes with each passing day. After today’s search efforts Johns will collectively help make the decision to periodically suspend the search for Christopher.
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