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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME 122313/2024 hrs


INCIDENT:    Missing Person UPDATE 01/06/14


LOCATION:  Eleventh Avenue/Ranchero Road


VICTIM:       Ruben Albert Hubacek 090466


On December 23, 2013 at approximately 8:24 p.m., deputies from the Hesperia Station responded to a single vehicle traffic collision in the area of Eleventh Avenue and Ranchero Road. A vehicle had been involved in a single vehicle traffic collision and entered the California Aqueduct. With assistance from the Sheriff’s Dive Team, the vehicle was located and recovered from the frigid water. The registered owner, Ruben Hubacek was not in the vehicle.  It is unknown at this time if Hubacek was able to escape the vehicle after it entered the water. Family members have had no contact with the victim.  A detailed underwater search of the aqueduct is currently underway. 


Ruben Hubacek is described as a Hispanic Male Adult, age 47, 6’00”, 170lbs, with Brown Hair and Brown Eyes. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ruben Hubacek is asked to call the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station at (760)947-1500.



On January 4, 2014, at about 8:43 a.m.,, deputies from the Hesperia Station responded to a report of a deceased male in the California Aqueduct near Summit Valley Road in the County area of Hesperia. A bicyclist in the area saw what he believed to be a lifeless body in the water and called 9-1-1. Deputies arrived and confirmed the finding. The Sheriff’s Dive Team responded to assist and recovered the body just south of the siphon tubes near a pumping station. Investigators were able to confirm that the body was that of missing person Ruben Hubacek whose vehicle crashed into the aqueduct on December 23, 2013.  It is still unknown if Hubacek was incapacitated at the time of the collision or if he drowned trying to escape to 40 degree water after the collision.


Hesperia Detectives have been working with the California Department of Water Resources, who manage the aqueduct and the Sheriff’s Dive Team since the collision in an effort to locate Hubacek who never returned home after the collision. Several areas of the aqueduct that are not accessible, including the siphon tubes that run underground were a concern during the search effort and focus of the search became the areas where the water flow is controlled by gates in that general area of the waterway.


Sheriff’s Coroner officials will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. 


Refer:  Doug Hubbard, Sergeant           


Station: Hesperia                


Phone No. (760) 947-1500               


Case No.   191309874       



John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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