UPDATE: Missing Artist Couple Found Alive in Kernville After Being Snowed In

Gary William Musgrave, Alla Bartoshchuk and accompanying greyhound “Kelso” were found alive and well in Kernville, according to a widely shared Facebook post made earlier in the evening.

The couple had been snowed in and were found by the sheriff, wrote Rhonda Kjargaard.

Jeff McMillan, who drove to the area to help with the search, sent an email at about 8:20PM, also reporting that they had been found.

Previously: Search Launched Near Sequoia National Forest for Missing Artist Couple

garymusgrave111/30/16 at 4:56PM | A nationwide missing persons report has been filed for Gary William Musgrave and Alla Bartoshchuk, an engaged couple with strong ties to the Long Beach community.

Musgrave, who teaches production design at Cal State Long Beach, is also a longtime collaborator with Long Beach artist Jeff McMillan, one-half of the mural-making duo The Draculas. The two have worked together for years, painting murals throughout the city.

Bartoshchuk is also an artist.

According to several Facebook posts shared by friends and family, Musgrave and Bartoshchuk headed to Sequoia National Forest early Saturday morning, November 26 and have remained impossible to reach since their departure. They were scheduled to return on Sunday but neither have shown up for work this week.

Mike Theune, a public affairs officer for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, said the couple last had cell service in Kernville. 

“Rangers have done a search of areas they could possibly be in, and from cell phone records we know that the last place they had service was in Kernville, which is adjacent to Sequoia National Forest,” said Theune. 

They were driving a 2006 Toyota Tacoma with extended cab and camper shell, license plate 8D55318. They were also traveling with “Kelso,” a large Greyhound with stripes. The ranger station has initiated a search of the national park.

“I saw Gary last Tuesday night,” McMillan told the Post. “We were talking about Thanksgiving plans and stuff. He said he and Alla were heading up to the Sequoia National Forest after the holiday.”


McMillan said it’s not at all common for the two to skip work and drop communication with friends and family.

“Completely out of character; we’re all pretty worried here,” McMillan said.

This report was updated at 4:06PM on 11/30/2016 with information from the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ public affairs team. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.