Biden, Newsom Mentions SLO County Boy, Search Continues

President Joe Biden and California Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned the search for 5-year-old Kyle Doan, who went missing from San Miguel during a storm-damaged tour in Aptos on Thursday.

“Jill and I pray for him and our family,” Biden said near the pier at Seacliff State Beach.

The two spoke with residents in Santa Cruz County to learn about the damage caused by the storms that hit California on January 9th and 10th.

A total of 21 people died as a result of the bad weather. This includes a woman from Avila beach, Karen Bucat, who was devastated by the floodwaters in her car.

Doan, a kindergartener at Lillian Larsen Elementary School, was swept away by his mother in a flood on the morning of January 9th. He was on his way to school with his mother, Lindsay Doan, who teaches at Lillian Larsen.

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On Monday, January 9, 2023, Kyle Doan, a 5-year-old kindergartener at Lillian Larsen Elementary School in San Miguel, was swept away by floodwaters.San Miguel Joint Union School District

“This was difficult. 21 lives were lost,” Newsom said. “That five-year-old boy is not included.”

“We had over 200 search and rescue workers arrive last week and all they found was one shoe, that one Nike shoe,” he continued.

“And hopefully, miracle, miracle, he’s all right.”

SLO County Sheriff’s Office Continues Search

In San Miguel on Thursday, members of the Sheriff’s Department’s K9s, search and rescue, dive teams, and drone teams continued their search of San Marcos Creek and parts of the Salinas River.

San Marcos Creek is a tributary of the Salinas River, and the two rivers meet just off Route 101 north of Paso Robles.

About 12 to 15 Sheriff’s Department personnel searched Doan on Thursday, said Tony Cipolla, a spokesman for the agency.

The sheriff’s office said it plans to search all week after rain interrupted operations over the weekend.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department continues the search for five-year-old Kyle Doan on January 17, 2023 in San Miguel. Kyle was swept away in a flood on January 9, 2023. Courtesy of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office

Sensorio Announces Fundraiser for Doan’s Family

Paso Robles’ Sensorio art exhibit announced Thursday that it is planning a fundraising event on Jan. 29 to support the Doan family.

“Members of the Doan family work here at Sensorio and are part of our Sensorio family,” said Sensorio founders Bobby and Ken Hunter in a news release. “We are all devastated by this tragedy and want to help in any way we can.”

To support the family’s ongoing “Bring Kyle Home” initiative, 90% of all ticket sales for the January 29 Bruce Munro: Light at Sensorio exhibition will go to the Doan family, the news release said. I’m here.

East of Paso Robles, off Highway 46, the exhibit features 100,000 glowing orbs and 69 towers made from 17,388 wine bottles illuminated with multicolored lights.

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Melanie, Brian, and Lindsey Doan standing next to Rev. Leo Martinez praying for Kyle Doan at the vigil for a missing boy on January 12, 2023 in San Miguel. From left, Melanie, Brian, and Lindsay Doan. Luis Obispo County on January 9.Mackenzie Schumann

This story was originally published January 19, 2023 at 3:38 PM.

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Mackenzie Schuman writes for The Tribune primarily on education and the environment in SLO County. She is from Monument, Colorado and graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2020. Outside of writing, she spends her time hiking and rock climbing. Biden, Newsom Mentions SLO County Boy, Search Continues

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