The body of David “Dave” Elliott Bradish, 80, of Idyllwild, was found Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8. He had been missing since Monday, Nov. 26.
Another search and rescue effort was initiated after his dog, Ginger, was found Wednesday near the Fern Valley Corners area of Idyllwild. Rain delayed the new search until Saturday.
Bradish suffered from Alzheimer’s. His body was found well above Chipmunk Drive, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kenneth Reichle.
“It was beyond private property in the national forest area,” he said. “We had no leads to suggest he was in the area.”
While the Sheriff’s Coroner’s office has not posted an official cause of death, it is speculated that he died in the early days of his disappearance.
He and his wife Linda had moved to Idyllwild in late October to join his son, David, and daughter-in-law Jenni, who moved here in late summer.
On Sunday, Jenni posted a FaceBook message, which included the following thank you to the community, “… We don’t know what to say except thank you for your searching with us and hoping with us and for all your prayers and thoughts and kindness. Please be at peace knowing that we all did everything we could have done to bring Dave home safe and that we his family, will be eternally grateful to all of you for all you’ve done to help him.”
The search for Bradish began immediately after his and Ginger’s disappearances, one of the largest search-and-rescue missions on the Hill that included multi-county agencies and local community members. And family and community continued to look for him since.