Location: Cedar Slope area

Incident Date: 07/23/16

Case Number: 16-09149

Posted by: Dispatch

UPDATE: Hiker reunited with dog, asks for privacy


On July 25, 2016, Frank Wolsko was reunited with his dog, Cassie. 

At this time, Frank does not want any further publicity. We ask that everyone respect his privacy and allow him time to recover.


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On 7-23-16 the Tulare County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team located Frank Wolsko alive near Cedar Slope.  The subsequent investigation revealed that Wolsko set out for a day hike on Wednesday July 13th and survived in the wilderness for approximately ten days with very few provisions.  Before setting out, Wolsko altered his originally planned route and quickly became lost.  On Thursday, Wolsko reported that he lost contact with his dog "Cassie" who later returned to their vehicle where she awaited his return.  Wolsko was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released for exposure and dehydration.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance:

California Office of Emergency Services
California Highway Patrol (Air Operations)
Naval Air Station Lemoore Search and Rescue (Air Operations)
California Army National Guard
Sequoia Mountain Rescue (Tulare County SAR Volunteers)
Tulare County Sheriff's Posse (Tulare County SAR Volunteers)
California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA)
Kern County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue
Fresno County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue