Blackhawk helicopter joins effort to find missing Sierra hiker

An Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter joined the search Sunday for a missing 62-year-old Sacramento County woman who became separated from her hiking group near Horseshoe Lake, southeast of Mono Hot Springs.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said the helicopter carried additional search and rescue team members and more supplies to team members already on the ground, eliminating the need for searchers to retreat to the command post for more supplies.

The woman, identified as Miyuki Harwood, of Orangevale, a Sacramento suburb, was hiking last week with a group from the Sierra Club when she became separated from the group. She was last seen about 1 p.m. Thursday.

Smoke from the Rough fire has hampered air and ground crews from being able to see, said sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti. The search team is on ATVs and on foot. About three dozen search and rescue team members are searching various trailheads.