Irvine/Big Bear – On Dec. 29, 2014, the parents of Lisa Cimbaluk, 35, reported their daughter missing from her home in Irvine. From that point, the story takes a downward turn, resulting in tragedy.
On Sun., Jan. 4, at approximately 2:15 a.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBSD) Deputies from the Big Bear Station discovered Cimbaluk’s snow-covered vehicle at the Woodland Trailhead in the mountain town of Fawnskin.
According to SBSD, Deputies and volunteers began an exploration of the immediate area, but because of the snow and extreme overnight temperatures, they suspended their search until daylight.
On Mon., Jan. 5, the search for Cimbaluk continued, with 25 search and rescue members searching the area around the North Shore Parking Lot where her car was found, as well as the Woodland Trail. Patrol Citizens handed out flyers in surrounding communities, and SBSD began aerial searches of the area.
After suspending activity for the night, the search resumed again on Tues., Jan. 6, with more than double the number of search and rescue members actively looking for Cimbaluk, including assistance from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Kern counties.
The search continued, and on Thurs., Jan. 8, at approximately 10 a.m., a body was located in the water near the South Shore area of Big Bear Lake from an aerial exploration. Personnel responded to the area and confirmed it to be a deceased female. The Coroner took charge and was able to positively identify the body as that of Lisa Ann Cimbaluk.
Whether Cimbaluk became lost or injured on the trail, or was the victim of foul play, is not known. SBSD will continue its investigation into her death, and hopefully be able to piece together the final days of Lisa Cimbaluk.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at (909) 866-0100.