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Merced County Sheriff’s Office searching for Fresno man who went missing on fishing trip

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for a 57-year old Fresno man who went missing Thursday night while on a fishing trip.

Chang Cheng was last seen after fishing with family about 7 p.m. at the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, near Highway 152 and Vista Point, according to Merced County Sheriff’s Deputy Alexandra Britton.

“He was fishing with family members and he told them he was leaving,” Britton said. “When his family members got to where they parked, his car was still there. They looked for him and couldn’t find him.”

Britton says family members reported him missing about 3 a.m. Friday.

Sheriff’s Office search and rescue teams worked the area on Friday and Saturday.

Britton says they’ve received help from other counties and the Coast Guard.

Cheng stands 5 feet, 6 inches and weighs 165 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing and a red/burgundy backpack. He also wears glasses.

Cheng’s cell phone was found in his car and he’s known to have a heart condition, according to Britton. Cheng has fished the area before, according to Britton.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who has seen him or has other information to call 209-385-7472.

Merced County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue teams are trying to locate Chang Cheng, 57, of Fresno. Cheng went missing while on a fishing trip at the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, near Highway 152 and Vista Point in Merced County on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023.
Merced County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue teams are trying to locate Chang Cheng, 57, of Fresno. Cheng went missing while on a fishing trip at the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, near Highway 152 and Vista Point in Merced County on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023.
Merced County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue teams are trying to locate Chang Cheng, 57, of Fresno. Cheng went missing while on a fishing trip at the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, near Highway 152 and Vista Point in Merced County on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023.
Merced County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue teams are trying to locate Chang Cheng, 57, of Fresno. Cheng went missing while on a fishing trip at the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, near Highway 152 and Vista Point in Merced County on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023.