California student on still missing treasure hunt, search continues at sea

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Hunter Lewis, 21, is planning a canoe trip to Trinidad Bay in Humboldt County on December 30. For the holidays, he was at their residence in Blue Lake, Calif., And prepared a scavenger hunt plan with friends and family, SFGATE reported.

California State University Long Beach student wants to abseil down a cliff, climb a railroad trestle and decode with Ottendorf cipher Corey Lewis, his father said. He even created an Instagram page “The Lost Lewis Treasure” with over 100 followers eager to see his treasure journey.

“He started [the hunt] by sending us a letter saying that we have this family heritage that we do not know, that we have a lost family treasure along this coast, ”said his father. “He was leading us on this wonderful expedition to find him. “

Lewis wanted to hide the last treasure in a secret location, so he traveled with a 15ft green canoe going to a sea stack, Pilot Rock.

But he himself is nowhere to be found and now hundreds of people are looking for him.

Lewis did not return from the sea and the parts of the canoe he used were located on nearby beaches.

“It’s so epic what he did, and yet I wish he wasn’t the lost treasure,” his father said in a trembling voice. “I’m sorry. I’m trying to hold on.

Lewis’s search has reached the distant coast. A Facebook group and a GoFundMe have been set up to help locate the student.

Given the freezing sea off Trinidad and the uncertainty over whether Lewis was wearing protective gear, his father, an adventure book author, believes something serious has happened.

“In this water, there is no chance of survival,” he admitted.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said Lewis allegedly began the trip in the waters between 10 a.m. and noon on December 30.

The wind direction changed around 2:00 p.m. It’s possible the student’s canoe struggled “and of course he couldn’t swim from that point,” said Corey Lewis.

Several search teams have assisted in the search since Lewis went missing around 7:30 p.m. on December 30. California State Parks. Coastguard sea and air assets were also deployed, in addition to those looking for him on foot.

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