This week's cover story, "The Searchers," follows G.I. Joe Search & Rescue, a group of volunteers that ventures into canyons, creeks, rivers and forests to look for those who've gone missing--no charge, no reimbursement, no nonsense.
The organization was born out of tragedy. It was founded by 27-year-old Victoria Le after her brother, Joe, fell into the San Gabriel River during a hike earlier this year and disappeared. Frustrated by what she felt was a lack of support from trained professionals, she relied on the help of more than 100 volunteers rallied together through Facebook to find Joe and pull him from the river on April 3.
Victoria Le (right) assists a volunteer member of the G.I. Joe Search & Rescue Team before going into the river to do underwater searches. Victoria Le began the Joe Le Foundation after her younger brother, Joe Le, died in a similar tragedy at the San Gabriel River on April 1.