Wednesday, December 28, 2011


UPDATE! Searchers Report the two victims drove off a steep over 400 foot cliff and perished onsite. CLICK YELLOW for a GooGle Map of the site.

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Best Reporting: Californian:

Missing men found dead in ravine



Daniel Carbonaro was one of two Santa Barbara men found dead in a ravine in Randsburg Thursday afternoon after an exhaustive search for them.
Randsburg, a living ghost town, once housed 4,000 people. Today, it has fewer than 100. File photo from 2001.
""The bodies of two Santa Barbara men who went missing early Sunday morning were found dead Thursday after an exhaustive search of a large swath of desert.
Kern County sheriff's Lt. Steve Hansen said the bodies had been identified as those of Chris Wayne Rice, 29, and Daniel Preddy Carbonaro, 27.
They were found in a steep, rugged ravine about 1 1/2 miles southwest of the sheriff's command post in Randsburg at 12:10 p.m., according to Deputy Victor Keesey.
It was not clear when or how they died.
Rice and Carbonaro had stayed at the Cottage Inn Motel and planned to travel to Cuddeback Dry Lake bed in San Bernardino County, sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt has said. They left the motel at 2:30 a.m. Sunday in a Polaris Razor XP 900 ATV.
They left their vehicles and other belongings at the motel, and also hadn't taken food, water or heavier clothing, Pruitt has said. Temperatures have been below freezing at night.
Cristina Duran, a good friend of the men and one of hundreds who joined the search, said Rice and Carbonaro lived life to the fullest.
"We're just devastated, but we know they had a smile on their face and were doing what they loved," Duran said late Thursday afternoon.
Carbonaro's sister-in-law, Eve Fox, who had been keeping track of the search from her home in Woodstock, N.Y., wrote an email to The Californian saying, "This is a terrible loss but the outpouring of support and help with the search from friends near and far and locals who volunteered to help has been incredible -- I know it means a great deal to both families."
Hundreds of comments were posted on the "Friends of the Chris Rice and Dan Carbonaro search" Facebook page following the discovery of the bodies.
"Just rode with those guys for the first time a couple weeks ago..very unfortunate," wrote Andrew Morin.
Kristy Davis posted, "Chris was such a kind and friendly person, I will carry that memory of him with me always."
"My heart is officially broken," wrote Katie Funk. "The good really do die way before their time."
Duran said she, Rice, Carbonaro and a few others were staying at the Cottage Inn Motel and the men had been biking during the day. The ATV had arrived that day and Rice and Carbonaro wanted to take it out for a quick ride.
They never came back.
A search including several law enforcement agencies, the Bureau of Land Management and a specialized mine rescue team spread out across the desert starting Sunday morning.
Pruitt said the search encompassed an 1,100-square-mile area and eventually involved hundreds of people, both from law enforcement and friends and other volunteers.
"This desert's so big," Duran said Thursday before the bodies were found.
The rugged terrain and numerous mine shafts dotting the area added to the search's difficulty, Pruitt has said. Randsburg is a town of fewer than 100 residents south of Ridgecrest and east of California City.""

Courtesy: Californian

ORIGINAL BREAKING NEWS: ""CALIFORNIA, USA -- The bodies of two ATV enthusiasts missing since Sunday in California's Mojave Desert were found Thursday after a massive search, authorities said.

Kern County, California, sheriff's Lt. Steve Hansen said the bodies of Daniel Preddy Carbonaro, 27, and Chris Wayne Rice, 29, were found and the search was ended. He had no additional details.

Carbonaro and Rice, both of Santa Barbara, California, had traveled to a remote corner of the desert with their girlfriends, hoping to test out Rice's new 2011 Polaris ATV, family members said. The area is popular with "off-roaders," campers and recreational enthusiasts.

"I am so sad to report it is official, Dan and Chris were found deceased," said the search's Facebook page, "Friends of the Chris Rice and Dan Carbonaro search." A memorial fund was set up on the site.

The two young men left a Randsburg, California, hotel about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, telling their girlfriends where they were headed and saying they'd be back within a few hours.

The two planned to travel by ATV about 15 miles to the Cuddeback Dry Lake Bed in San Bernardino County, an expansive and popular "off-roading" area.

It was a "dark, moonless night," said Carbonaro's father, Robert Carbonaro, who worried as the search was under way that the two "may have gotten disoriented."

Carbonaro said he was worried about abandoned gold mine shafts in the area. But Kern County authorities said the bodies were found in a ravine area with rugged, steep terrain.

Agencies participating in the search for the two men included the Kern County Sheriff's Office; the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department; the California Highway Patrol; the Bureau of Land Management; and the Indian Wells Mine Rescue Team.

Relatives of the two men were out searching alongside authorities as well, Robert Carbonaro said."" OFF-ROAD LIVE!