Family Mourns Loss of Seaside Hiker Found Dead in Big Sur | News
BIG SUR, Calif. - On Tuesday night, a man lost in Big Sur and feared dead will soon be home. While the Marshalls are thankful their son Fred is alive, they're mourning another son Mike, who Fred was actually searching for when he disappeared.
"At first we thought two of them were gone but it looks a little better now," says Ann Marshall, mother.
It's a bright spot in a very dark week for Ann Marshall, who feared both her sons were gone. On Tuesday, deputies spotted Fred Marshall safe and in good condition near the Little Sur River. Fred was reported missing, after he tried to search for his brother Mike over the weekend.
"It's just a puzzle to me. I'm numb to it all," says Ann Marshall.
Search crews discovered Fred about a quarter mile away from where they found his brother Mike's body. Mike was buried underneath a log jam in the river. On Tuesday, a helicopter crew retrieved Mikes body from the riverbed. It ends an 8-day search for him.
"I find comfort that he's gone in something that he loved to do. I'm very sorry he had to go this way. It's a sad story," says Larry Spaits, Mike's hiking partner.
Spaits is the last person who saw Mike before he disappeared. He even spent three days searching for Mike. He said, he survived the dangerous terrain through prayer.
"Just stick together that would have been different. It would have had a different outcome," says Spaits.