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    Missing Cyclist in Marin

    There's a search and rescue underway in San Rafael for a missing man that may be lost/injured on a local trail. It's a wide area to search with no information about where he may have been headed. If you were out riding in Marin on Sunday and you happened to see someone matching the description below, please call the San Rafael PD at the number below. They're coordinating another search today with volunteers.

    The comment about him "being depressed" is troubling, but doesn't in any way mitigate the need to consider him lost or injured.

    If you don't leave a note with your intended trail when you ride alone, at least consider making up a map with a list of trails you frequent.

    Jim Bronstein, 46, left his home on Alpine Street, in the city's Sun Valley neighborhood, at 9 a.m. Sunday with his bicycle, telling his wife he planned to go for a ride. An avid bicyclist, Bronstein was known to ride his black Specialized mountain bike in open space areas, water district lands, San Anselmo, Phoenix Lake and China Camp State Park.

    "He left his wallet and his keys at home," said San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher. Police said Bronstein, an accountant, has been depressed over work-related issues.

    A crew of 20 searchers, assisted by aircraft, scoured the area around Sun Valley, Mount Tamalpais Cemetery and the Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow preserve. Fliers were also transmitted to police agencies in the county.

    Bronstein was described as 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds with short salt-and-pepper hair. He was wearing dark gray sweat pants with pockets, brown running or hiking shoes and a light gray long-sleeved collar shirt with a "Croner Co." logo.

    Anyone with information can call the San Rafael Police Department at 485-3000.
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    Picture of the missing rider. . I realize for privacy reasons posting a picture of a private person is often controversial. But this man has been reported missing, the police are actively conducting a search and rescue, and volunteers are out in force.

    https://www.execusite.com/fccp-cpas/files/Bronstein.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scribb
    There's a search and rescue underway in San Rafael for a missing man that may be lost/injured on a local trail. It's a wide area to search with no information about where he may have been headed. If you were out riding in Marin on Sunday and you happened to see someone matching the description below, please call the San Rafael PD at the number below. They're coordinating another search today with volunteers.

    The comment about him "being depressed" is troubling, but doesn't in any way mitigate the need to consider him lost or injured.

    If you don't leave a note with your intended trail when you ride alone, at least consider making up a map with a list of trails you frequent.
    It irritates me that a member of the press would print that he, "was depressed," or that he left his keys and wallet home. It strongly implies that he went out to commit suicide so there's no reason to look very hard. It's common for cyclists to leave keys and wallet at home, and we've all been depressed. I'm worried that he went down a new trail to try to blow the cobwebs out, tried to catch some big air and crashed. I hope our Marin members will go an extra few miles today down some of the less used trails, and stop to ask everyone you see if they've seen a black bike anywhere (could be people might see the bike and assume a cyclist taking a nature break or out walking)- and let people know where you'll be.
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    Not so good news:
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    Search for Missing Marin Biker Scaled Back


    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KCBS) -- No further efforts are planned today to find mountain biker James Bronstein, who has been missing since Sunday morning.

    Bronstein, 46, left his San Rafael home around 9 a.m. Sunday without a wallet, cash, keys or cell phone. His wife told police her husband usually returns from bike rides in about two hours, and has been depressed about work lately.

    Search crews on Monday and Tuesday concentrated on Sun Valley and the ridgeline leading to San Anselmo as well as Red Hill, the Ridgewood fire road, Mount Tam Cemetery and Sorich Park. An aircraft scoured the surrounding area and Phoenix Lake, and 50 of Bronstein's friends also searched and distributed flyers throughout Marin County. However, there have been no sightings or leads in the case.

    Bronstein is 5’11”, 170 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, a white and gray sweatshirt with a Croner Company logo, dark gray sweatpants and brown running shoes. He bike is a black Specialized.


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    I always go biking without keys, wallet and cell phone partly to shake the cobwebs from another day at work. I'm afraid he took a rarely travelled trail and crashed. With the rain and cold weather last night hope of finding him alive are dwindling fast ......

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    Even worse news...

    (BCN) SAN RAFAEL Missing bicyclist James Bronstein was found dead just before noon Wednesday on Robert Dollar Hill in San Rafael, police said.

    Police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said Bronstein's death was not the result of an accident and no foul play is suspected. An autopsy will be conducted within the next several days, Rohrbacher said.

    Bronstein, 46, has been missing since he left his Sun Valley home Sunday at 9 a.m. to go mountain biking. His mountain bike was found near his body, Rohrbacher said.

    Employees of the Marin County Health and Human Services Department found Bronstein's body while they were trying to locate a homeless person on the hillside above Falkirk Cultural Center, Rohrbacher said.

    Bronstein's body was down the hillside 100 feet off a fire road and covered by a heavy canopy of vegetation, Rohrbacher said. Neither Bronstein nor his bicycle was visible from the fire road or the air, she said.

    Teams from Marin County Search and Rescue used trailing dogs and an aircraft to try to find Bronstein Monday and Tuesday. Rangers from the National Park Service, Marin Open Space District, Marin Municipal Water District and California State Parks also searched their respective areas and approximately 50 volunteers distributed flyers throughout the county.

    Bronstein's wife told police Bronstein, an accountant, left without taking his keys, cash, wallet or cell phone and had been depressed about work issues recently.

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    Awful.

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    That's way too young to go.
    At least he was out riding and not sitting in some cubical.
    Rest in peace.

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    This is never good news to hear, i hope that he was having the time of his life riding and he is resting in peace with an ear to ear smile.
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    That's indeed very sad news. The police definitely makes it sound like a suicide. But:

    How can anyone enjoy mountain biking and all of a sudden make a turn off a fire road down a 100 feet cliff to end his life? It just doesn't make sense. Could someone have bumped him instead or was there a hidden trail going down that hill side?

    My condolences to his family, J.L.
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