Swall Meadows man missing after Tuesday day hike near Round Valley Peak

Search and rescue officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a Swall Meadows man, Matthew Mooney, who is overdue from a day hike that he started on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Mooney, 47, is an experienced backcountry hiker and former member of the Inyo County Search and Rescue team, according to a news release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s department.

 “Mooney contacted family around noon from his cellular phone; he said he was heading back from Round Valley Peak and would be home in a couple hours,” the news release stated. “He has not been seen or heard from since.”

Round Valley Peak is near Wheeler Ridge and east of the Rock Creek drainage.

Mooney has short gray hair and blue eyes and is six feet tall and 180 pounds.

He was last seen wearing dark green pants and a mustard-colored jacket.