Timothy Rudge, 36, of Temecula, was reported missing on Aug. 10. After five weeks of being missing, things were looking pretty bleak for a recovery. However, Rudge was found alive by the Golden Eagles Hot Shot Fire Fighter Crew on Monday, Sept. 21, in the area of San Bernardino Peak.
Stacey Mae Rudge, stepmother, and Rudge’s father never gave up hope on finding their son alive. They were active in the investigation on a daily basis.
“We had zero leads until his car was found by the trail on a dirt road right in [the] area,” she said. “The car was found Sept. 11.”
Rudge’s vehicle was located by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies, of the Yucaipa station, at the San Bernardino Peak trail head parking lot in Angelus Oaks.
Unfortunately, due to the El Dorado Fire, crews were unable to search the area for Rudge.
When he was finally located on Sept. 21, Rudge was airlifted from the peak by the Sheriff’s Department Aviation team and transported via ambulance to a local hospital for further evaluation.
According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Rudge said he had only apples and oranges to eat during the first few days. He discovered a water source during his ordeal. He also said, he is happy to be back.