Arvin Walter Nelson
Nelson, approximately 2014
Date reported missing : 08/06/2014
Missing location (approx) :
Los Padres National Forest, California
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/30/1963 (58)
Age at the time of disappearance: 51 years old
Height / Weight : 6'3, 200 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Brown hiking boots. Carrying a dark blue backpack and leather flip-flops.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Nelson was last seen in the Ventana Wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest in California on August 6, 2014. He planned to go for a long hike in the forest and was supposed to return by August 16.
A friend dropped him off at China Camp near Tassajara Road, high and deep in the forest. He was possibly en route to Pine Valley, Pine Falls or the Black Cone Trail. He was supposed to finish his hike at Big Sur Station from Sykes and the Pine Ridge Trail, but he never arrived there and has never been heard from again.
Nelson is an experienced hiker and well-known in the area. An extensive search turned up no sign of him. He is presumed to have gotten lost or injured in the wilderness.
Other information and links : ncy
Monterey County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
CBS San Francisco
Monterey County Weekly
October 12, 2004. April 4, 2018; .
Interactive Missing Person Search Map