12-year-old Anaheim boy rescued after surviving frigid night alone in Barstow desert


A 12-year-old Anaheim boy was found Thursday morning after going missing the previous afternoon while riding dirt bikes with his father in the open desert 10 miles south of Barstow, authorities said.

Zeke Schultz, 12, endured the night’s cold in jeans, a sweatshirt and his protective motorcycle gear – a helmet, a breastplate, gloves and elbow and shin guards.

“He was found to be in good condition and was reunited with his family,” Deputy John McMahon of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The boy didn’t require medical attention.

Greeting him at at the command post were deputies with warm breakfast burritos and cheering search-and-rescue volunteers.

It was unclear Thursday how the father and son became separated at about 3 p.m. Wednesday. The father spent three hours searching for his son then contacted the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, McMahon said.

“An aerial search immediately began assisting deputies on the ground,” McMahon said. “The Volunteer Forces Division was contacted, and search-and-rescue members were requested, responded and began searching the area.”

As nightfall came and temperatures dipped, dozens of volunteers, including off-duty deputies, joined in the search, said Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

Kevin Warn, an off-road enthusiast who lives in Tustin and is a freelance photographer for the Register, saw a Facebook alert about the missing boy at 12:30 a.m. Thursday and drove north, arriving at…

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