San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Volunteer, Timothy Staples, 32, was found dead on Mt. Baldy December 14th during a search for a missing hiker.

Staples was one of 126 people across 23 teams searching for Sreenivas “Sree” Mokkapati, 52, of Irvine, CA, who had gone missing on Dec. 8th after becoming separated from his group while ascending Mount Baldy.

Staples’ partner on the search and rescue team alerted the sheriff’s department on Saturday that he had become separated from Staples. A Los Angeles County Sheriff helicopter located Staples in “an area of ice and snow.” He was unresponsive, and a medic lowered to Staples soon afterward found that he was deceased, according to the sheriff’s office.

‘Search and Rescue team members are unpaid professionals who are highly trained, skilled and dedicated in their work,’ according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Tim Staples was a social science and English teacher at La Verne High School as well as a 9 year veteran volunteer with the County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team. He leaves behind his wife, Katie.