Missing Modesto man found dead

archive_import

By AMY LINDBLOM

A Modesto man, last seen on July 29 after his car crashed on Highway 108 west of Peter Pam housing subdivision near Cold Springs, was found dead yesterday by a group of his friends.

The body of Andrew Longenbaugh, 64, was found about 1 p.m. down a steep hillside about 800 yards from a fire road, said Gary Kailes, one of Longenbaugh's friends

"We could have used 1,000 people and searched that area a long time and not found him, it was that rugged," said Kailes, also of Modesto. "It was almost miraculous that we found him."

Longenbaugh was seen running into the woods after crashing his gold 1994 Toyota Corolla into the side of a hill about 8 a.m. the 29th, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tom Wills.

"Witnesses said he got out of his car holding his head and ran into the woods," Wills said.

Fire department crews called to the accident that morning searched the area looking for Longenbaugh, but when he wasn't found, the search was called off.

"Sometimes people don't want to be found," Wills said.

On July 30, Modesto Police with a dog team and several Tuolumne County Sheriff's deputies also scoured the area unsuccessfully.

The group of friends, mostly from the Modesto area, and Longenbaugh's brother, Keith, from Tucson, Ariz., had posted fliers in campgrounds and businesses from Cold Springs to Kennedy Meadows. The flier said Longenbaugh had been depressed lately and was released from Stanislaus Behavioral Center on July 27.

Longenbaugh was a retired Stanislaus County probation officer, and those who searched for him were also from the probation department, said Kailes.

"We are more than friends. We are like a brotherhood," Kailes said.

The group, coordinated by Joe Maxwell, decided to search the crash area again. They first went down a ravine near the crash site, but decided it was not a likely spot for Longenbaugh to go because of the impassable conditions. With help from Cold Springs residents Jon and Diana Kinsey, who are familiar with the area, the group went down another ravine.

11508108
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Wednesday August 31, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Woman dies of injuries in Highway 120 accident

08/24/2016

The woman who spent Monday night pinned in an SUV after an ... more

Regional LGBT alliance rises in response to Orlando

08/30/2016

Like many people across the world, 33-year-old Sean Lewis, of Murphys, watched ... more

“Rebel on the Highway” Filming Comes to Tuolumne

08/30/2016

Charlie Brechtel knows the world of the road-trippin’ motorcycle rider. He’s been ... more

Jobs program seeks to help young adults

08/25/2016

Kristina Contreras was 18, a high school dropout, and the mother of ... more