Body Found in Crowley Lake Believed to Be That of Missing La Habra Man

Staff Writer

The body of a man was found in Crowley Lake Sunday morning, May 22, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department; the body is believed to be that of a La Habra man, Juan Vierheller, who has been missing from the Crowley Lake area since he was last seen by his family near Crowley Lake in the very early morning hours of May 13.

However the final cause of death and final identification are pending.

Here is the information released by the Mono County Sheriff's Office today, May 23: "On the morning of Sunday, May 22, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the body of a deceased male was found in Crowley Lake. Mono County Sheriff’s deputies were on scene within minutes and took custody of the deceased person. The body is presumed to be that of missing person Juan Vierheller, who was last seen at Beaver Cove in the early morning of Friday, May 13. The family of the missing person has been notified. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.".

Vierheller has been missing since Friday, May 13, when at approximately 1 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a group of campers at Crowley Lake reporting that one member of their group was missing.

The missing person, Juan Manuel Vierheller, 27, La Habra, had last been seen in the very early hours of Friday morning at their campsite near the shore of Beaver Cove at Crowley Lake, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s office.

Deputies were dispatched to the missing person’s last known location, and they conducted a search of the immediate area. They found no sign of him in the surrounding terrain, but there were indications that he went into the waters of Crowley Lake, the news release states.

Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) responded to assist with the search, and two Sheriff boats were deployed onto the water.

The search continued until dark that day, but Vierheller was not located.

Mono County Sheriff’s deputies and SAR resumed the search when daylight broke on Saturday, May 14, now with the assistance of an Inyo County Sheriff’s boat, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dive Team and a California Highway Patrol helicopter. All of these resources were utilized during the daylight hours of the weekend, scouring land and water for any sign of Vierheller, according to the news release.

Despite these efforts, by the evening of Sunday, May 15, Vierheller was not found, and the search was called off.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Crowley Lake Fish Camp personnel, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Mono County Sheriff’s SAR all assisted in the search for Vierheller.