The public is asked to stop conducting self-initiated searches

PASO ROBLES — (UPDATE JAN. 13 2:53 P.M.) Search efforts continue to find missing 5-year-old Kyle Doan with the Sheriff’s Dive and Search personnel along with CHP air operations.

The Sheriff’s office notified the public that outside agencies and the CA National Guard have concluded their assistance. The Sheriff’s Office would like to express its thanks to those agencies who assisted with the search for Kyle.

Friday’s search operation will took where San Marcos creek empties into the Salinas River. Additionally, their search teams continue to monitor San Marcos creek levels and recheck areas as necessary as water levels, and conditions change.


According to the Sheriff’s office, future search operations will be conducted on a continuous but limited basis as weather permits.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s cooperation with not conducting self-initiated searches. These searches can actually be a detriment to their ongoing search operations.

(UPDATE JAN. 12 12:53 P.M.) Search operations continued on Thursday, Jan. 12, for missing 5-year-old Kyle Doan, who was swept away by raging floodwaters on Monday, Jan. 9, near San Miguel.

On Thursday, approximately 120 members of the California National Guard began assisting with the search. That’s in addition to Search and Rescue and Dive personnel from San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Sacramento County, Santa Clara County, and Kern County Sheriff’s Offices.

Additionally, there are six K9 teams along with members of the California Rescue Dog Association, three Cal Fire hand crews, CHP air operations, Drone Teams from San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and Grover Beach Police Department, and members of the California Office of Emergency Services. In total, approximately 200 personnel are involved in the search.

In a press release, the Sheriff’s office stated, “The search is being conducted in extremely challenging conditions with mud and debris hampering the efforts. But this is a comprehensive effort to search every brush pile and area of debris.”

There has been no confirmation on whether search efforts will continue on Friday.

(UPDATE Jan. 11 4:15 p.m.) Sheriff’s office have announced the first wave of over 100 National Guard personnel have arrived on scene to assist with the search for missing 5-year-old Kyle Doan. More troops will arrive Wednesday to continue to assist with the search as conditions permit.


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office continue its search for missing 5-year-old Kyle Doan who was swept away by raging floodwaters on Monday, Jan. 9 near San Miguel. 

Search operations were conducted most of the Tuesday, Jan. 9. Those resources included the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, USAR (Underwater Search and Rescue) Team, Drone Team, Deputies, Detectives and air operations. 

Today, the Sheriff’s Office received mutual aid resources from other law enforcement agencies, including Dive Team members, Search and Rescue team members, and K9 units from Ventura County and Santa Barbara County. Additionally, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office has supplied personnel with sonar equipment to aid in the search. 

In a press release, the sheriff’s office said, “We thank our mutual aid partners for helping us with the search while having to deal with rain-related incidents in their own counties.”

Search efforts will continue the rest of the day and will continue on Thursday as well if warranted.

Photos Courtesy of the SLO Sheriff’s Office