KCSO to close down Hwy 178 Kern River Canyon traffic Saturday to attempt recovery

In the late evening of November 30 deputies received a report that personal property, possibly related to missing person Lisa Harvey, was found in the Kern River Canyon. Deputies responded and located a submerged vehicle in the river nearby.

 Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel responded to assess the scene. Due to the darkness and extreme terrain, recovery of the vehicle or a search for a body was unsafe and impractical at the time. Search and Rescue personnel returned this morning to further assess the scene.

It was determined heavy equipment and a substantial amount of manpower would be required to safely complete the mission.

Currently, the recovery effort is scheduled for Saturday morning, December 2.

The recovery will necessitate the closure of the westbound lane of Hwy 178 beginning at 9 a.m. and the closure of both eastbound and westbound lanes from 10:30 a.m. until about about 1 p.m.

Harvey, a Ventura resident was reported missing by family on April 29.