Missing Dana Point man’s remains found after two weeks
Dana Point Times
Mike Herdman, a 36-year-old resident of Dana Point and a firefighter with the city of Arcadia, was found dead Friday, June 27 after he had disappeared two weeks earlier while backpacking in Ventura County.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Tuesday that Herdman had fallen from a cliff and suffered blunt-force trauma. Reports indicate Herdman may have been chasing after a dog that had gotten loose. The dog was found Sunday, still alive.
Herdman was off-duty and had been camping in Los Padres National Forest with another firefighter, who searched for him for two days before reporting him missing on June 15.
According to an Arcadia Fire Department spokesperson, Herdman had been with the department for seven years. He and his wife Bridget have a 6-year-old daughter.
A fund has been set up to support Herdman’s family.
Donations can be made by sending a check to the Fire Family Foundation, 815 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, with a notation to the Herdman Tribute Fund. A donation can also be made at www.firefamiliyfoundation.org by entering Herdman’s name.