JOSHUA TREE • A Canadian man who was reported missing while bicycling from Death Valley to Baker was found "in good condition and did not require any medical aid" at a motel in Joshua Tree Wednesday night, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials.
Apparently Toronto resident Gary Romanuk had no idea that he had been reported missing, according to spokeswoman Cindy Beavers. Romanuk, whose friends and family called an experienced cyclist, was reported missing on Tuesday, when a friend called the sheriff's department saying that Romanuk was supposed to have arrived in Baker on Saturday, but never did.
That same friend got a call from Romanuk Wednesday at 7:50 p.m. saying he was in Joshua Tree, which Romanuk had mentioned earlier that he might be interested in checking out, according to sheriff's reports.
Barstow sheriff's deputies, detectives and volunteers from the search and rescue team headed the effort to locate Romanuk.
The cyclist's brother, Brent Romanuk, said he was relieved to hear that the 41-year-old Ph.D student had been located, alive and well.
"Thank God you're alive — we missed you," Brent recalled saying to his brother over the phone from Toronto on Wednesday night. Deputies from the Twentynine Palms station contacted Romanuk to confirm that he did not require any medical treatment.
Det. Darin Lansdown of the Barstow station called Romanuk's family to let them know the cyclist was safe, Brent said.
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