About ESAR

Washington Explorer Search and Rescue Pierce County Unit (PCESAR) is an organization of volunteers ages 14 and up founded to assist local law enforcement in the search for missing persons in urban and wilderness settings, natural disasters, recovery of evidence, and evacuation of the injured.


If you would like to learn more about joining Explorer Search and Rescue, come to one of the orientation meetings listed below. They are held in the meeting room of a branch of the Pierce County Library and last about an hour. There will be a short presentation about the organization, the membership requirements, and the training program and plenty of time for questions.

ESAR Store Order Form

Here is the order form for ordering merchandise from the store.  Complete the form, we'll respond to you via email, provide you with your total and make arrangements to get you your gear and collect payment.

Missing 47 Year Old Male near Roy

ESAR was called out Sunday afternoon June 29 to search for a 47 year old man with some known health issues, last seen at 2200 hours the previous night. Two teams searched the subject's neighborhood, knocking on doors and talking with residents to try and establish clues on where the subject might have gone. A third team drove roads south of the neighborhood.  In total, 16 ESAR members responded.

Missing Woman in McCleary

ESAR was called by Grays Harbor county to help search for a missing 63YO Female, missing since 1700 on May 28. She left her house to walk a nearby trail, which she does multiple times each week. Subject saw mushrooms off the trail, went to pick them, then got disoriented and couldn't find her way back.

Parkland Search for 10-12 Year Old Wandering Streets

Citizens reported seeing a 10- to 12-year-old light-skinned African American male wandering the streets in boxer shorts and a tank top. Deputies called ESAR and GSSD to search for the subject due to concern for his safety in the cold weather. 6 ESAR teams searched the area from WA-512 north to 92nd, between Steele and Pacific Ave. Deputies called off the search at 0030 and debriefed.

20 ESAR personnel responded, including 2 of our current trainees.

Wilkeson Search for Missing Teens

Jan 30 at 1400, ESAR was called to search for 2 missing teen boys who were 20 hours overdue from getting firewood in Wilkeson. After discovering their truck south of Bonney Lake, 2 ESAR Hasty teams were sent to check trails in the woods. 3 other teams were being prepared for dispatch when the teens were discovered to have walked out on their own. After collecting the firewood, they went 4-wheeling before returning home, got stuck, and spent the night in the truck before hiking out.

16 ESAR personnel responded.

Overdue hiker near Crown Point, Crystal Mountain

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After failing to return to his car by nightfall, a hiker decided it was time to call for help. He was able to make his way up to a ridge where he found cell service and made the call to 911. He described his position over the phone and resources from GSSD, ESAR, and 4x4 SAR were dispatched.

Missing woman in Gig Harbor

After fielding teams from GSSD, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department decided more resources were needed to find a lost woman in Gig Harbor. PCESAR was called to assist, and minutes later two members of PCESAR's hasty team were on scene. GSSD found the woman around the same time and other PCESAR resources were cancelled.

Lost Hiker on Rattlesnake Ridge

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King County called us to assist with a search for a lost hiker on Rattlesnake Ridge. They exhausted their resources on Wednesday so we arrived Thursday morning to continue the search. Three PCESAR teams searched the logging roads and trails west of Rattlesnake Ridge. The snow-level was about 2400 feet so we spent most of the day in snowshoes.
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