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December 5, 2018

Crook County Sheriff's Search and Rescue responded to assist Grant County in the search for an overdue male hiker in the Fields Peak area. His body was located the morning of December 6th.

Media coverage HERE.

November 16, 2018

Crook County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to Assist Crook County Fire and Rescue on the report of injured fisherman at mile post 19 on Crooked River Highway. The subject was brought across the river by resuce personnel and was driven to the hospital by personal vehicle.

August 21, 2018

Seven Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers provided an agency assist to Crook County Fire and Rescue (CCFR), responding to an injured mountain biker near Prineville Reservoir. The biker landed in a deep ravine, and needed transport to higher ground for ambulance road access. Airlink was having difficulty navigating the heavy smoke, but eventually landed near the biker. CCFR personnel were able to transport the injured biker to the chopper without SAR assistance.

August 5, 2018

Search and Rescue volunteers provided an agency assist to the Prineville Police Department in locating a missing person.

On 8/5/2018, at about 0940 hours, Jim Heggie was located, deceased, in the area of NW Ochoco Creek by members of the Crook County Search and Rescue (SAR) team. Heggie was located in an area of Ochoco Creek that is difficult to access and covered by vegetation making his discovery difficult.

Initial PPD Media Release HERE.

Updated PPD Media Release HERE.

June 24, 2018

Search and Rescue volunteers responded to a report of a missing family member. He was eventually located and extricated from a deep canyon in 102 degree temperatures. Due to leg injuries incurred when he fell, he was transported to St. Charles - Prineville.

Crook County Sheriff's Media Release is HERE.

May 17, 2018

Eight Search and Rescue volunteers responded to a report of an overdue mushroom hunter. At 0859hrs a Crook County Search and Rescue unit located Dunn walking on the 250 spur road off of FS Road 22. He was found in good condition though tired. Dunn was reunited with family members who took him home before returning to the area where his truck was stuck.

The Crook County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to leave detailed plans with someone when venturing out into the wilderness and then try to stick to the plan. It's always a good idea to have some basic supplies like food, water, and warm clothing in your vehicle if you do become stuck or stranded.

The Sheriff's Office has small pamphlets with an "outing plan" that can be filled out with important information and left with family members. The brochures also have a recommended list of items to keep on hand as well as survival tips. If anyone would like one of the pamphlets, they can be picked up free of charge at the front counter of the Crook County Sheriff's Office.

Crook County Sheriff's Media Release is HERE.

April 22, 2018

On April 22, 2018, at approximately 1430 hours, the Crook County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing person in the Millican OHV area. The investigation revealed that Terry Gore, who is a 53 year old male, had been missing since approximately 0730 hours on April 22, 2018.

The Crook County Sheriff's Office deployed the Search and Rescue team in an attempt to locate Terry.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release is HERE.

March 12, 2018

On March 12, 2018 at approximately 4:40pm, Jeff Randolph and his Friend Brad Firestone called 911 to get assistance after getting stranded on U.S. Forest Road 27 when the vehicle they were in had mechanical problems. The pair were in approximately 18 inches of snow at the time. Initially a tow truck from Active Towing was sent to assist. Due to the snow and terrain and several hours of trying, the driver for Active Towing called Dispatch and advised he could not get to Randolph and Firestone.

At approximately 8:14pm Crook County Sheriff Search and Rescue was activated. Search and Rescue staged at McKay Saddle and used snow mobiles and a side by side ATV to reach Randolph and Firestone. Randolph and Firestone were located safe with their vehicle at approximately 11:19pm.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release is HERE.

Photo is HERE.

July 30, 2017

On Sunday, July 30, 2017, at approximately 5:27 pm, Deputies from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a lost group in the Mill Creek Wilderness area in the Ochoco Mountains. CCSSAR was activated, hiked in eight miles, and helped accompany the lost group back to their Wildcat campsite.

Crook County Sheriff's Media Release is HERE.

July 23 & 24, 2017

Eleven CCSSAR volunteers responded to reports of a lost motorist near McKay Saddle.

Crook County Sheriff's Media Release is HERE.

May 29, 2017

On May 29th, 2017 at approximately 11:45 pm, Crook County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was called to assist the Prineville Police Department with a missing person call. At approximately 2:19 am Ground Searchers located the subject who was reunited with his family.

December 24, 2016

CCSSAR members responded to a report of a person in need of food and water in a remote area. Members used snowmobiles and a tracked Ranger to reach the individual and transport him to Prineville.

Crook County Sheriff's Media Release is HERE.

November 5, 2016

Four CCSSAR members responded to a report of an injured hunter in the Maury Mountains.

Crook County Sheriff's Media Release is HERE.

August 29 & 30, 2016

CCSSAR members and K-9 units responded to a request for assistance from Wheeler County in a search for a lost bow hunter.

KTVZ-21 coverage is HERE.

July 5, 2016

CCSSAR members and K-9 units responded to a request for assistance from Linn County in a search for a lost hiker.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Media Release is HERE.

July 2, 2016

Four CCSSAR members responded to a report of a missing Rock Hounder. He was located dehydrated but otherwise OK.

Crook County Sheriff's Media Release is HERE.

June 14, 2016

Seven CCSSAR members responded to a report of a missing person.

Crook County Sheriff's Media Release is HERE.

April 7, 2016

CCSSAR responded to two missions today. KTVZ-21 coverage is HERE.

Crook County Sheriff's Search and Rescue joined deputies in responding to an elderly man who wandered away from home. CCSSAR volunteers included two K-9 Teams. Lily the bloodhound located the person of interest. Crook County Sheriff's Media Release is HERE.

Crook County Sheriff's Search and Rescue responded to a report of two men overdue from shooting in the Ochocos. Crook County Sheriff's Media Release is HERE.

April 1, 2016

On April 1, 2016, Crook County Sheriff's Search and Rescue was called to assist Wheeler County Sheriff's Office to help find 2 lost subjects that thought they were on the 12 Road east of Cottonwood Campground. Wheeler County was unable to reach these subjects from their side due to snow. 5 SAR volunteers and EM Michael Ryan responded to the area and the subjects were located on the 4258 Road off of the 12 Road. One of the subjects was prepared and spent the night with the vehicle while the other subject was transported back to family in Prineville. Crook County Sheriff's Office arranged a tow for the vehicle the next morning and the subject and vehicle returned to Prineville the next afternoon via the tow truck.

February 13, 2106

A Sheriff's Deputy and two SAR Communications Team volunteers responded to a SARSAT (Search and Rescue Satellite and Tracking) Operations Center report of a possible downed aircraft in the Maury Mountains. Using radio direction finding equipment, they spent several hours attempting to locate an aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitter beacon at the coordinates recorded by the satellites.

No signals were received near or from the reported beacon position.

As of 0500 hrs, there were no reports of overdue aircraft in the search area, and Crook County suspended the search pending availability of additional information.

December 22, 2015

On December 22nd, 2015, the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist in the location and removal of a subject that was stranded in the area of Rancheria Mountain. Inclement weather and extremely deep snow hampered the rescue efforts.

Assistant SAR Coordinator Deputy Mathiassen and Deputy Nelson were able to make contact with the subject who was sheltering in a small building located at the summit.

Crook County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist with their cold weather rescue team and was able to deploy using snow machines. The subject was located around midnight.

The Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Crook County Search and Rescue Team, Fossil Ambulance, and other members of the public that assisted.

Sheriff Chris Humphreys
Wheeler County (OR)

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CCSSAR personnel responded to a request for assistance from Wheeler County for a stranded radio technician. Subject's snowmobile had become stuck near a repeater site on Racheria Rock in four feet of snow. Three snowmobile certified and two support personnel received the Call Out at 1700 hrs, and transported three snowmobiles and a Tracked Ranger to Butte Creek Summit staging area. There, they contacted Wheeler County Sheriff deputies at 2300 hrs and were informed of the subject's location and condition at last contact. They dispatched three snowmobiles toward the repeater site and located subject's snowmobile, which was blocking the trail. After creating a path around the stranded machine, a paramedic continued on to the subject's location in the repeater shed to perform a medical evaluation. The subject was furnished food and water, and was transported back to the staging area, where medical personnel were standing by.

Submitted by SAR 102

July 7, 2015

CCSSAR responded to a report of a lost hiker in the Post area. He was located in good health by Sheriff's deputies before CCSSAR arrived.

Crook County Sheriff's Media Release is HERE.

May 4, 2015

CCSSAR responded to a report of a missing person with possible medical issues in the area of SE Bridge Rd.

CCSSAR responded to a report of two overdue hikers in the Walton Lake area.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release is HERE.

March 30, 2015

CCSSAR responded to a report of a missing Powell Butte female, using a variety of resources including K-9s, ATVs, groundpounders, Civil Air Patrol, and assistance from Deschutes County SAR. The search period stretched over two weeks.

Crook County Media Release, as covered by KTVZ-21, is HERE.

March 26, 2015

CCSSAR responded to a report of an injured hiker on Brasada Ranch.

Crook County rescuers and Redmond medics came to the aid of a woman who suffered a leg injury Thursday while hiking with her husband east of Brasada Ranch, an official said. Sheriff’s deputies got a report around 11:15 a.m. of an injured hiker on the trail from the resort to Spirit Rock, said county Emergency Manager Michael Ryan.

The woman’s husband called to say she’d sustained a leg injury and was unable to walk out.

Crook County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was activated, along with Crook County and Redmond fire medics, Ryan said.

After locating the woman, whose name was not released, she was brought to a staging area on the ranch without incident.

Redmond medics provided initial treatment of the patient, and Crook County SAR and fire medics provided transport by UTV (utility task vehicle), Ryan said. Family members then took her to the hospital for treatment.

Ryan said the 2 ½-hour rescue operation comes as a timely reminder as the weather warms that travel in the outdoors at any time of year has its risks.

“Always plan ahead, tell someone the route you are planning on taking and stick to that route,” he said in a news release. “Always remember to bring a cellphone, food, water, clothing and blankets, in case you have to spend the night.”

November 2, 2014

CCSSAR responded to a report of two lost hunters near Forest Service Road 4230. The subjects were located at about 8:45 PM, cold and wet, but otherwise in good condition.

Crook County Sheriff's Media Release HERE.

April 19, 2014

CCSSAR responded to reports of an overdue hunter. He was located in good health and returned to Prineville, after his vehicle became stuck in mud.

Crook County Sheriff's Media Release HERE.

April 4, 2014

Two CCSSAR K-9 Teams responded to a Mutual Aid request from Washington State.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release HERE.

KTVZ-21 News story HERE.

March 4, 2014

CCSSAR assisted in recovering the body of a male camper discovered by a hiker.

KTVZ-21 News story HERE.

February 24, 2014

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