Wednesday, April 17, 2019

American hiker missing in Baja California

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat NBC San Diego


Friends and family want help from the United States to find an American citizen living abroad who disappeared during a hike Thursday in a Baja California, Mexico desert.

Kat Hammontre, 68, and her dog, Tootsie, went hiking in the desert near San Felipe with a group of about six friends but she started to have difficulty walking the trail and told her friends to go on without her.

Hammontre said she would wait in the parking lot, but when the group returned, she was nowhere to be found.

"When they came back about 90 minutes later, she was gone. There was no trace of her or the dog; No sign of a wild animal attack," Victoria Langsett, a friend of the missing, said.

Search teams, including Mexican military helicopters have since been looking for Hammontre.

Langsett hopes that someone from the U.S. has a search dog that may be able to help.

"A Bloodhound right now is the only hope of finding her, she’s been out there for three nights," said Langsett. "She’s somebody’s mother, grandmother, she’s a friend to hundreds of people."

Langsett said that Hammontre and her husband lived for a time in San Diego while they were both treated for cancer before moving back to San Felipe.

Langsett said for her friend to survive cancer -- only to get lost in the desert -- is unimaginable.

"We're running short on time we need to give the family hope, hope has no border," said Langsett.

22 comments:

  1. I saw this when it first came out in Mex media.........authorities were searching for her but instead spotted two large marijuana plantations, which they eradicated.

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    1. I guess the marijuana plantations were more important than a missing person.

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  2. Very sad article also gave me the chills where can she be

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  3. Beware: Hike at your own risk

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  4. Stumbling on mariguana plantations in the sands of BC is a miracle, sure, nobody could see them from the air.
    What is wrong with hooking in some place where there are alot of witnesses? Out there in the desert you are looking for trouble,
    pior made worse if you are wearing short hot pants

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  5. https://www.radiopatrulla.com/noticias/buscan-a-estimada-estadounidense-de-san-felipe

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  6. Possibly already kidnapped, by the local cartel. What a pity, can't even be at hiking areas.

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    1. Yes, the daughter remarked that the lady was "fiesty" or something. "Fiesty" ain't going to cut it in this case.

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    2. I doubt this is a cartel kidnapping. Probably got lost and dehydrated, but we shall see. I do not believe the hikers stumbled into mj plantios, the mj patches were spotted from the air.
      Also where they were hiking is a known attraction, they were hiking to a waterfall. She and her husband were quite familiar with the area and spent alot of time around San Felipe, I believe.

      thanks for the link @6:45......there is a photo of her fishing. Baja veterans.

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  7. I’m thinking CJNG had something to do with this or el cartel de las carpas de vente de San Felipe

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  8. I never thought I'd be saying this, because I try to be kind, but although I hope the lady and her dog are found safely, with all of the THOUSANDS of people that go missing each year in Mexico, they are calling out all of their resources for a person that chose to go hiking and had to separate from her friends? I don't wish her ill will, and I don't think they should *not* search for her, but there is no huge search or outrage (other than by the families) when Mexicans disappear one, two, three, and 43 and 70 at a time.

    On the husband's FB page, someone mentioned, "You'd think no one would want to take her since it will call attention because she's an American" or something like that. F*** that. She should be bulletproof because she's a north American? And by the way, I'm a white north American and shaking my head here.

    Dr. K

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    1. Unfortunately killing Americans is bad for business... it’s about business.... savvy?

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    2. I understand, but it's rotten.

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    3. 9:38 I hope you are wearing your panties on your head.

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  9. Damn that's a shame. She just disappeared? I still don't understand why people think it's OK to go and travel to Mexico, didn't another American hiker just get killed in Mexico recently?

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    1. Its called a mountain lion.

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  10. Uninformed white privelegde knucklehead. Venturing out onto dangerous darkness will get you killed. Maybe white idiots should educate themselves before going places. Let me educate these idiots. Places or countries to avoid: Yemen, somalia, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, syria, Saudi arabia and North korea.

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    1. I have a weird trait where I have always been obsessed with going to places like that. I've been to two of those places so far. Yemen and Somalia will have to wait until I'm old have no family left alive and nothing left to lose. The family doesn't want to even hear about it right now. I was going on a mission trip to Uganda and husband vetoed that one, too. Dr K

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    2. PS. Before I leave, I will leave explicit instructions not to spend resources to try to find me if I'm missing, because if I disappear, it will be my own fault. I seriously do hope they find this lady and the dog, though.

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  11. Reminds me of the time Dave Mustaines (Megadeth singer) mother in law went missing in Arizona. She was very adamant about being independent out there in that desert. Turned up dead from dehydration i believe. - Sol Prendido

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    1. There is always cactus juice.

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  12. Why do people go hiking when the temps are close to 100 is beyond belief. Anyone who lives in the desert knows you don't hike when temps are this hot.

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