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Fresno County search for missing Sacramento woman, 62, intensifies

Miyuki Harwood, 62, went missing near Horseshoe Lake on Friday morning.
Miyuki Harwood, 62, went missing near Horseshoe Lake on Friday morning. Fresno County Sheriff’s office

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office will use a Chinook helicopter and a remote-controlled drone to assist them in the search for a hiker who went missing on Friday near Horseshoe Lake, southeast of Mono Hot Springs.

Miyuki Harwood, 62, of Orangevale near Sacramento, was last seen Thursday afternoon. Her friends are assisting the Fresno County Sheriff’s office in trying to find her.

The California Office of Emergency Services and California National Guard provided the aircraft. The helicopter will deploy 25-30 more search team members, a few search dogs and supplies to help the effort in the Sierra National Forest, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said.

The National Guard sent a Blackhawk helicopter on a similar mission on Sunday.

Botti said the drone will feed real-time video of the area to those coordinating the search.

The search efforts have been hindered by smoke from the Rough fire, Botti said.

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