John Stivers

John Stivers, 52 of Copperopolis and the owner of the Lake Tulloch Campground and Marina in Jamestown, was reported missing on Aug. 2.

John Stivers, a Lake Tulloch campground owner who went missing for over a month and sparked a widespread community search to locate him, was physically contacted on Saturday at 6:15 p.m., the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office said.

"He is alive and well," Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Nicco Sandelin said to The Union Democrat.

Sandelin said circumstances surrounding the location of Stivers, 52, of Copperopolis, would not be released "out of respect for the family." 

Sandelin confirmed it was a "law enforcement contact," but the location of the contact and who first contacted him would not be released by the Sheriff's Office. 

Stivers would be removed from the Tuolumne County missing persons database, Sandelin said. 

Stivers went missing on Aug. 2 when his 15-person-passenger van was located on Campo Seco Road between Sonora and Jamestown. 

The contact with Stivers was made just days after a Sheriff's Office Facebook post which cleared the possibility of foul play or criminal activity as a factor in his disappearance. 

The post caused some confusion in the community, however, with some dedicated followers of the disappearance befuddled that Stivers seemingly chose to disappear voluntarily. 

Stivers’ wife, Michele Parker Stivers, could not immediately be reached for comment on Saturday.

Michele Parker Stivers said on Friday she believed her husband chose to leave voluntarily, but did not know his motivation to do so.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at gricapito@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 588-4526.

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