New Mexico Search and Rescue: Father Of Missing Hiker Dies

Oct 24, 2013


Name:  Steven Lockhart 

Missing: Steve Lockhart
Credit New Mexico Search and Rescue

Age      43

Features:  Short beard

      Height       6’0”

Weight:  200 pounds

Clothing:  Camo pants, blue hooded sweatshirt, work-style boots

TERRAIN:  Moderate to steep/rugged

October 23 (yesterday) Update:

Today’s search, involving six volunteer teams, two law enforcement agencies and an air force Black Hawk helicopter, did not locate the subject.  

At 11:55 a.m., the subject’s father, Ray Lockhart, 70, collapsed in the subject party’s base camp, located approximately three miles from the NM State Police (NMSP) Incident Base.  He had returned from a morning outing, reportedly not feeling well.  Lockhart was quickly attended by a state police officer and nearby members of Dona Ana Search and Rescue, including a paramedic, and was on full life support within 20 minutes.  He was pronounced dead during ambulance transportation to a hospital.

In the event that his son, Steven Lockhart, has left the area (see flyer below), anyone who has seen him is requested to notify the state police.  NMSP Incident commanders expressed hope that the subject can be located and assisted in contacting his family.

RESOURCES, Oct.23              

New Mexico Search and Rescue (NMSARC) Volunteer Teams:    

Socorro SAR, Socorro

      Mesilla Valley SAR, Las Cruces

      Blue River SAR, Arizona       

      Dona Ana County SAR, Las Cruces

      Organ Mountain SAR, Las Cruces

      NM Civil Air Patrol

Law Enforcement Teams:

      New Mexico State Police

      Gila National Forest Law Enforcement

      U.S. Air Force


Team Types:               Ground Search, tracking, Black Hawk helicopter, fixed wing aircraft


Total Searchers:         23

STRATEGIES AND TACTICS:   Man tracking, ground search, air search.