Beloved Redwood City Man Found Dead

George Sliter's body was found about 48 hours after he disappeared.


The remains of Redwood City resident George Sliter, a retiree who went missing Sunday morning in the Aptos hills were found Tuesday around 10 a.m., the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office has reported.

Sliter, 74, was last seen around 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Monte Toyon Retreat Center, where he was staying with friends.

The search for Sliter entered its third day Tuesday morning. At its peak, more than 100 Search and Rescue volunteers were looking for him on foot, on horseback, on ATVs and dirt bikes, and with police tracking dogs.

The area where Sliter went missing is adjacent to The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, a rugged 10,000-acre wilderness.

Details on where Sliter was found and what caused his death were not immediately available.

According to friends and Sheriff's deputies, Sliter had breakfast with friends at the retreat center early Sunday morning, then said he planned to take a walk in the woods before rejoining them for church services at 9:15 a.m.

His friends worried and reported him missing when he never showed up for the services.

Two women reported that they had been walking in the woods when a man matching Sliter's description asked them how to get to the retreat center around 10:45 a.m., later that morning.

- Watsonville Patch Editor Jennifer Squires

Remembering George Sliter

Redwood City-Woodside Patch Editor Jennifer van der Kleut said:

"I remember meeting George on my third day on the job as the new editor. George was the first person to show up to our presidential debate viewing party on Oct. 3, full of enthusiasm. I had the chance to talk with him at length that evening. He spoke lovingly of his children and his love for his church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City. I wish that tragic event had ended differently. My heart goes out to George's family and friends."

Former Redwood City Patch Editor Stacie Chan: 

“I ‘met’ George via email in January 2011 and I knew I had met someone who cared deeply about his community. He was active in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City and asked me how to use Patch to promote the church’s events.

We then ‘chatted’ about everything from the speed bumps on McGarvey near Jefferson to the rewelding of the Hetch Hetchy pipeline. A highly educated and informed resident, George was a joy to talk to. I finally met him at an Occupy Redwood City event and we were able to talk in length about Occupy’s wants to make the city, county and state a better place.

It’s a true tragedy when someone so caring and involved in his community is lost. I hope he serves as an example for Redwood City on how to selflessly give back. My deepest condolences to his friends and family.”


Did you know George Sliter? Please share your memories of him in the comments section below.

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Jamie White November 08, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I met George briefly, also at the Patch presidential debate party on Oct. 3. He was such a sweet man and had a smile on his face throughout the evening. Such a loss... my thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children, family, and friends during this very difficult time.
Andrew Haynes November 09, 2012 at 12:02 AM
As a friend of the Sliter Family, I want to thank you profusely for your efforts to assist George and his kin.
Mary Scocca November 09, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Kathleen and family. George and I are so very sad to hear of your wonderful husband, father, grandfather George's death. So many years have passed since we were together but I do remember that wonderful smile and intense interest in our lives. God Bless you George, and Kathleen may you find peace and comfort in your memories. Mary and George Scocca
Laura Gentry November 09, 2012 at 11:11 AM
I'm so sorry to hear of George's passing. He was truly a loving, giving, welcoming man. I always felt so accepted and love as I was in his presence. This is so very sad.
Angela November 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM
We were stunned to hear about George. He was my son's math tutor and our friend for 4 years. George was such fun to meet with; he loved to create interesting math problems for kids, and he always had some amusing story to tell us. He had so many things he loved to do, and was always pursuing some new endeavor. One of our favorite memories was him sitting back after the 3rd or 4th piece of pie during his Pi day celebration (on March 13th, get it?) with a group of his students. He challenged them all to a Limerick to match the one he had just composed: "There once was a man named Pi / Who had a speck in his eye / He used a pick / What a stupid trick! / Now he is blind (half a lie!) " We will miss him.


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