By: Chris Nguyen
On March 31, Costa Mesa residents Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, went missing in the Trabuco Canyon. After a massive search by the Orange County Fire Authority, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, OC Parks, and several other agencies, including both paid personnel and unpaid reservists, Cendoya was found after four days and Jack after five days.
Supervisor Todd Spitzer asked County Counsel and Risk Management to investigate as to whether any civil liability was warranted for the costs of the rescue or for the injuries sustained by a Deputy Sheriff who was part of the search and rescue effort. Subsequently, Cendoya was charged with possession of a controlled substance based on methamphetamines found in his car during the March 31 search. He will be arraigned on May 22. Continue reading