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    Carol Kiparsky (77) & Ian Irwin (72) missing from their airbnb rental in Inverness, CA since 2/13/2020

    https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/...nverness-area/

    Authorities are searching for a Palo Alto couple last seen at their vacation cottage in the Inverness area four days ago.

    77-year-old Carol Kiparsky and 72-year-old Ian Irwin were last seen Friday at their rental on Via de la Vista in Inverness/Seahaven.

    Officials said the couple was supposed to check out Saturday morning, however all of their belongings including phone, wallets, and car were left at the rental.

    They also missed an appointment on Sunday, according to authorities.

    Officials said this is ?highly out of character? for the couple.

    The Marin County Sheriff?s Office says there are 136 search and rescue members from all over the Bay Area actively searching for the couple.

    They are searching on the ground and also from the air, officials said.

    Kiparsky is described as 5?7″, 115 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes.

    Irwin is described as 6?1″, 175 pounds, bald/gray hair with blue eyes.

    If you have seen Kiparsky or Irwin at any time since Feb. 13, you are urged to call the Marin Sheriff?s Department at 415-479-2311.

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    https://abcnews.go.com/US/search-int...ry?id=69045303



    A search is intensifying in Northern California for a man and woman in their 70s who vanished without a trace.

    Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, have been missing since noon on Friday, Feb. 14, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office.

    They were last seen at a rental home in Inverness/Seahaven.

    "They were supposed to check out Saturday morning, but all of their belongings including phone, wallets and vehicle were left at the vacation cottage," according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

    Kiparsky and Irwin also missed an appointment on Sunday. Authorities called this "highly out of character for them."

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    https://abc7news.com/recovery-missio...ouple/5952858/

    As a Coast Guard helicopter makes several low passes over Tomales Bay on Thursday afternoon, the search and rescue effort for a missing Palo Alto couple has turned into a search and recovery mission.

    Marin County Sheriff's Office says they received four "independent alerts from Cadaver K9 teams" near Shell Beach along Tomales Bay.

    In a statement issued by the Marin County Sheriff's Office, they write: "We've worked tirelessly combing through all leads and areas surrounding the cottage they were vacationing at and are now calling this a recovery mission. We have been in close contact with family and will continue to search for Carol and Ian. Our thoughts are with the Kiparsky and Irwin family during this difficult time.

    Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, were on a hiking getaway and staying at an Airbnb cottage in Inverness. Family members they last heard from the couple on Friday, but the Airbnb owner called police when the couple didn't check out as scheduled on Saturday.

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    https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/...m-cadaver-dogs

    With the search for Palo Alto residents Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin nearly reaching the one-week mark, the Marin County Sheriff's Office is shifting gears by bringing in the U.S. Coast Guard and cadaver K9 teams, now calling it a "recovery mission," the office said in a Thursday press release.

    Though the sheriff's office received four independent alerts from cadaver dogs around Shell Beach, which is about 2 miles away from the couple's rental home, no updates were made on the couple's whereabouts on Thursday.

    "We believe that our extensive search efforts with every resource that has been available to us would have located Carol and Ian if they were responsive or in an area accessible by foot on land," the sheriff's office said. "We've worked tirelessly combing through all leads and areas surrounding the cottage they were vacationing at."

    The Palo Alto couple was last heard from on Feb. 14 when they were staying at a rented vacation cottage on Via De La Vista. They were due to check out last Saturday morning and missed a Sunday appointment with the family, according to the sheriff's office.

    The couple had left behind personal items including cellphones, wallets, hiking gear and their vehicle. Authorities said no foul play is suspected.

    "This is a really weird time for our family. There is no playbook for something like this," Irwin's son, Jonas, said to KGO-TV news. "My dad was somebody, who when he was really into the backpacking thing, would do snow camping and cut into ice and make fire. He is super resourceful."

    Since Monday, several agencies including Inverness's volunteer fire department stepped in to aid the search of Irwin, 72, and Kiparsky, 77, utilizing many resources from jet skis, boats, helicopters, K9 teams, drones and unmanned aerial vehicles, among others, but coming out with little to no leads.

    On Thursday, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter aided deputies and the Inverness Fire Department with their search around Tomales Bay and the shoreline of Inverness, a quiet community 3.5 miles northwest of Point Reyes Station.

    On Friday, the sheriff's office will use jet skis, National Park Service boats, an airplane and drones to comb the same areas.

    Another search will be conducted with ground searchers, K9 teams, NPS boats, an airplane and drones on Saturday, followed by more NPS boats and an airplane search of Tomales Bay on Sunday. On Monday, the search effort will be reduced to jet skis.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...found-n1140976

    Two academics in their 70s who vanished from California cottage are found alive

    A pair of academics in their 70s who disappeared from a Northern California rental cottage more than a week ago have been found alive, authorities said.

    The Marin County Sheriff's Department said Saturday that it was beginning a rescue operation to extract Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, from where they have been trapped.

    Exact details of what happened to the Palo Alto couple were not immediately available.
    Irwin is a leading Parkinson’s disease researcher, according to the Marin Independent Journal. Kiparsky is a prominent linguist and author of several books on language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    WOW-

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...found-n1140976

    Two academics in their 70s who vanished from California cottage are found alive
    Yay!! I'm so happy to read this!!! This was such an odd case.

    I can't wait to hear the details of what happened with them!
    I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to. - Donnie Darko

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    Great news! Hopefully they didn't suffer any permanent damage while they were missing.
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    lol at Nestle being some vicious smiter, she's the nicest person on this site besides probably puzzld. Or at least the last person to resort to smiting.
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    Why on earth would I smite you when I can ban you?

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    https://www.foxnews.com/us/californi...heriff-miracle

    The Marin County Sheriff's Office said at a news conference that Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, were found around 10 a.m. on Saturday in "very dense drainage [ditch] that was overgrown with foliage" near Tomales Bay, a narrow inlet about 30 miles north of San Francisco.

    “This is a miracle,” Marin County Sheriff's Sgt. Brenton Schneider told reporters.

    "[They] left for a hike on Valentine's, got lost at dark, and don't know what happened," Schneider told reporters on Saturday.

    The couple, who were unprepared for a long hike, were wearing lightweight clothing and had no food as night temperatures fell into the 30s.

    "The reason they were most likely alive was because they were drinking from a puddle that they found near where they were located," Schneider said.

    At some point, the couple may have fallen and Kiparsky attempted to find help alone. She tied parts of her scarf to branches in order to get back to her partner, Schneider said.

    “They thought this was the end for them," he told reporters.

    Sheriff's officials and a volunteer team had combed the woods and waters around Inverness for several days with the help of drones, dive teams and boats equipped with radar and sonar. On Thursday, they shifted the operation to a “recovery mission” when they received four independent alerts from cadaver dogs around Shell Beach, about 2 miles from the cottage, and felt they had exhausted all possible leads.

    The area where officials were searching on Saturday was a new location and considered to be an implausible spot to find the missing couple.

    "It doesn't seem they would have made it much farther because of how dense the vegetation is," Schneider said Saturday.

    Quincy Webster and Rich Cassens, two Marin County search-and-rescue volunteers, were the ones to discover the missing couple, along with their 3-year-old search-and-rescue K-9 named Grute

    "We were breaking through the bushes," Webster said at a news conference. "It took a long time to move a short distance."

    As they approached, the two rescuers said they heard someone yelling "help" and then came across Irwin and Kiparsky, who said they were "very cold."

    "When they were found, they were very appreciative. Ian started singing when the helicopter arrived on scene," Schneider said.

    The couple was airlifted to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia and were "doing OK," according to the sheriff's office.

    Authorities told KTVU that the couple was alert and talking. Schneider estimates that 400-500 people participated in the search-and-rescue operation over the past week.

    Irwin is a leading Parkinson’s disease researcher. He was a chemist on the team that originally identified an agent responsible for the outbreak of Parkinsonism among heroin addicts in 1982, according to the newspaper.

    Kiparsky is a prominent linguist and author of several books on language, including 1975's “The Gooficon: A Repair Manual for English."

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    Excellent news! Getting lost was one of my guesses

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    California couple in their 70s saved in 'miracle rescue' after missing for 8 days

    A California couple who went missing while on a Valentine's Day hike has been found alive, and their rescue is being called a "miracle."

    Carol Kiparsky, 77, and her husband, Ian Irwin, 72, were found on Saturday, February 22 near Tomales Bay in Northern California, a week after they disappeared while staying in a nearby rental cottage.

    The couple was conscious but dehydrated when rescue crews discovered them in thick underbrush. They had been able to survive by drinking the puddle water surrounding them.

    Sgt. Brenton Schneider told reporters, ?This is a miracle.?

    Described as ?avid hikers,? Kiparsky and Irwin frequented the area north of Point Reyes National Seashore and were familiar with the local hiking trails. They had gone out on Valentine?s Day to see the sunset but found themselves in trouble when the light changed and they lost their way. They tried to find a path that would lead them back to the road but ended up in a thicket.

    ?It got dark and they took a wrong turn and they found themselves in trouble," said Jon Kiparsky, one of the couple's sons.

    ?My mother said ?Oh, I lost a shoe and so I was walking with one shoe and then I lost the other shoe and then I kept walking in my socks,?? he added.

    The couple was missing for a total of eight days without jackets. During the nights, the temperatures in that area can dip below the 30s, a dangerous scenario for the couple. Irwin also suffered from scratches after lying down on the rough terrain to help his wife.

    Authorities became concerned when the couple did not check out of their cottage the weekend of February 15. Over the course of the eight days that they were missing, search and rescue efforts involved hundreds.

    Rescuers heard the pair yelling for help on Saturday morning. Crews had to crawl on their stomachs, according to Schneider, in order to reach the couple in the thick of the brush.

    "They were like, 'Thank god you found us, we?re so happy,'" said rescuer Quincy Webster.

    The couple is expected to leave the hospital today after suffering from minor scratches.

    The family of the couple is thankful for the search and rescue crews and everyone who shared their support throughout the recovery effort.

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    Sons of missing Palo Alto couple found alive in Marin County speak out

    MARIN, Calif. (KGO) -- Palo Alto couple Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin went missing for eight days after going on a Valentine's Day hike together in the Inverness area. Sons Jon Kiparsky and Jonas Irwin spoke out about the incredible news they received Saturday morning that they were found alive.

    "I got the text that said they found them alive," Kiparsky said. "I suddenly switched from thinking about how I was going to wrap up an estate to thinking about how I was going to get to Inverness- and how fast I could get there."

    Stepbrother Jonas said this entire situation has brought the family together. "The way as a family we've all been on a roller coaster. I don't wish this on my worst enemy because you go into a state of twilight zone," Irwin said.

    Both Carol and Ian drank from a puddle for water and ate plants to sustain themselves.

    "His mom is like an herbalist, mushroom hunter, my dad with his background in mountaineering, they know how to like find things and eat. They were eating some part of a fern," Irwin said.

    77-year-old Carol was found with no shoes. "My mother said, 'you know I lost a shoe so I was walking with one shoe and then I lost the other shoe and I kept walking and then I walked in my socks and then I got tired of walking in my socks so then I was walking bare feet for a while.' And I'm just- you're 77 years-old," Irwin said.

    The Marin County Sheriff's Office tweeted a photo of the couple recovering at Marin Health. Both of them could be seen with scrapes and bruises, but holding thumbs up and appearing in good spirits.

    Irwin said they're just now hearing of how the married couple helped each other.

    "He was laying his body flat into that awful thorny crap, which poison oak, you name it, so that Carol could go over him," Irwin said. "That's chivalry, like I hope that's still alive."

    On behalf of the family, they want to thank Sgt. Brenton Schneider from the Marin County Sheriff's Office and Michael St. John who lead the rescue teams, and the hundreds of volunteers that spent their personal time searching in rough terrain.

    "30 of them got poison oak just grinding through the thicket as Jonathan called it," Irwin said. "To find people they don't even know and ultimately did and we're just overwhelmed."

    "Everyone who was thinking about them who was searching for them, who has reached out to me and my family about them -- thank you," Irwin said.

    The couple is expected to be released from the hospital sometime Sunday.

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