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November 21, 2022

**MISSING PERSON FOUND***
CCSO Case number 22-1236


On 11/22/2022, at approximately 4:40 am, deputies from the Crook County Sheriff's Office were informed that Darlene was located in Madras at the Love's Truck stop. Law Enforcement was contacted and confirmed the tip was indeed Darlene. Her family has been contacted and were in route to pick her up at the time of this press release.

The Crook County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the citizens who shared the Missing Person bulletin on social media and the overall thoughts and prayers that came along with it.

The Sheriff's Office was additionally assisted by Crook County Sheriff's Search and Rescue during this investigation.

Prepared by:

Sergeant Mitch Madden
Crook County Sheriff's Office
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On Monday, November 21, 2022, at approximately 4:41 pm, the Crook County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing adult female from Prineville. The son of the missing female reported that his mother Darlene Schutte-66 YOA from Prineville had left their residence on NW McBeth Court in Prineville on 11/21/22 between the hours of 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Deputies received information that she may have been walking northbound on NW Madras Hwy prior to the call from the son. Deputies responded to the area, but were unable to locate Darlene.

Darlene left her residence without her medications and does not have a cell phone. Darlene is described as a white female adult, 5'2", 133 pounds, short gray hair, and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a red/white/blue wind breaker and is in possession of a red rolling suitcase. Darlene has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Dementia and may be attempting to get back to Colorado.

If you have seen Darlene or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact law enforcement. The Crook County Sheriff's Office is continuing to follow up on the case.

Prepared by:

Sergeant Mitch Madden
Crook County Sheriff's Office
541-447-6398

September 30, 2022

Five Search and Rescue volunteers and a Sheriff's Deputy responded to a 12:45 AM report of a missing elderly man in the 4260 Road area. We learned that a grandfather and his grandson had set up camp on private property earlier in the day, and were asked to leave. They eventually located a new campsite, and the grandson was left at the new location while grandpa returned to retrieve the RV. When grandpa didn't return, the grandson was picked up by a hunter at midnight and taken to an area with cell service to contact family, then relocated to a hunting camp.

A road search was initiated to locate grandpa's truck and RV. Team 2 eventually located the grandson riding in a Quad vehicle with a group of hunters. The grandson directed the team to where he thought his grandpa might be. The team located grandpa in a pickup truck disabled on a cattle guard. SAR updated the Sheriff's Deputy, who contacted family members. Family responded to the 42/4230 road and transported both grandpa and grandson to Prineville to secure a tow truck for their disabled truck and RV.

Grandpa and his grandson were in good shape when found, and did not require medical treatment.

September 6, 2022

Ten Search and Rescue volunteers responded at 5:20 pm to a report of an injured hiker near the Mill Creek Trail. As additional details became available, the subject's location was determined to be 1.5 miles from the Twin Pillars Trail Head. SAR responded to the Twin Pillars Trail Head, while Crook County Fire and Rescue responded to the White Rock Campground area, as details evolved to include a female subject suffering from Heat Exhaustion. SAR dispatched a wheeled litter team to follow the Hasty Team up the Twin Pillars Trail. The SAR Hasty Team was approximately ½ mile from the subject when Crook County Fire and Rescue located her and transported her and her hunting partner to the White Rock Campground area. The Crook County Emergency Manager then transported the subjects to Ochoco Lake Boat Ramp to meet up with another member of the hunting team. Subjects were O.K., drinking plenty of water.

September 2, 2022

Search and Rescue volunters were activated at 4:15 pm to aid in delivering evacuation notices to households threatened by the Cowboy Fire.

The Cowboy Fire #830 started at about 3:30 pm Friday September 2, 2022. Initially spotted by Black Butte and Tower Butte Lookouts. Resources responded to the fire from Crook County Fire & Rescue and multiple wildlandfire agencies. Unified command was initiated between Crook County Fire, Crook County Sheriff’s Office and COIDC Command. The fire started in an area close to Juniper Canyon Road at approximately mile marker 8. The fire was burning to the Northwest and had a strong wind on it from the south. Ground crews were aided by a very strong
group of air support units. Well over a dozen air drops were accomplished helping to slow and ultimately halt fire movement to the north. At about 5pm the wind shifted from the South to the Northeast and pushed a hot spot to the Southeast which was quickly managed by ground and air resources. Currently the fire is listed at 204 acres with over 80 personnel on scene. Crews will work today to reinforce the dozer line around the fire and tackle hotspots in the interior of the fire perimeter. Most of the burned area is in BLM jurisdiction.

June 26, 2022

On June 26, 2022 at approximately 2021, Crook County 9-1-1 notified the Sergeant on duty that there was a subject who had wrecked his motorcycle and his wife was trying to locate him. The wife advised that her truck had slid off the road and she was lost. SAR volunteers responded to the area. The motorcycle rider was located and treated for minor injuries by SAR medical personnel on scene. The wife was located several miles away where she had slid off an unused / unimproved road in a remote area. She was located and both subjects were given a ride to their home in Terrebonne. The Sheriff's Office reminds the public that sometimes following the path that your GPS indicates can lead you to unused, unimproved areas.

June 25, 2022

On June 25, 2022 at approximately 2007 hours, Sergeant Madden notified us that SAR resources were needed to respond near Antelope Flat Reservoir to help an individual whose car would not start and no tow companies would respond to his area. He was running low on water and had been in the area since 6/23/22. Three SAR volunteers responded to the area and located the subject. His vehicle was given a jump and the subject was given water. SAR made sure he made it out to the main road before returning to town. The Sheriff's Office reminds the public to carry adequate water, food, and emergency supplies in the back country, and to leave an Outing Plan with family members with travel routes and expected return date.

May 14, 2022

On May 14, 2022, at 8:43pm, Crook County 9-1-1 received a call from a stranded family on the Green Mountain Trail. The side by side they were using had slid off the road and they needed assistance getting back to the trailhead to their vehicle. Search and Rescue was activated. The subjects then advised dispatch that they had a family member coming to get them and that they did not require SAR assistance any longer. At 10:25pm the subjects called back in to Crook County 9-1-1 and advised that the family member had not been able to locate them and they were again requesting SAR assistance. At 11pm the subject called in and advised that the family member had found them and they no longer needed assistance. SAR response was cancelled.

May 1, 2022

On May 1st, at approximately 9pm Crook County Sheriff’s Office was notified of stranded motorists stuck in the snow on USFS 27 road, approximately 10 miles from the fork at NE McKay Creek Road. Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to the area to try and locate the subjects and bring them back to town as the subjects were not equipped to stay overnight. SAR volunteers located the vehicle but not the subjects. It was later determined that the subjects had been picked up by friends and they had not notified our dispatch center.

April 26, 2022

On 4/26/22 Crook County Sheriff’s Office received a request from Crook County Fire and Rescue to assist in recovering a patient with a leg injury on the Stein’s Pillar Trail. SAR Volunteers responded to the area and dispatch advised that Crook County Fire and Rescue had recovered the patient.

February 29, 2022

Six Search and Rescue volunteers responded to a third party report at 1424 hours of an elderly couple stranded in deep snow on the FS 42 Road. We did not have a vehicle description or cross road coordinates.

We contacted other parties during our search of the 42 Road. They had not seen anyone but reported very bad road conditions in the Big Summit Prairie area. We deployed our tracked Ranger vehicle in the deep snow and requested additional support from our warehouse of snowmobiles. Seven additional volunteers responded. A search of the 42 road was unproductive and there were no vehicle tracks 1/4 mile beyond FS42 / 4215.

Further contact with Dispatch confirmed the elderly couple had gotten out on their own prior to our arrival to the area. The mission was terminated at that time.

January 22, 2022

Seven Search and Rescue volunteers responded with trucks, snowmobiles, and the Ranger to a 10 PM report by a family member of a lost male in the Maury Mountains in the Drake Creek Road area (FS 16). The subject's father was also searching the area, and contacted Dispatch to report he located his son on Pine Creek Road (FS 17).

SAR units turned around and travelled to Pine Creek road and called the father, who reported they were at the Post Store. SAR Units made contact with subject and his father. Subject indicated he was OK and did not require medical attention or transport.

July 24, 2021

Seven Search and Rescue volunteers responded to an 11:23 PM report by family members of an overdue hiker in the Twin Pillars area of the Mill Creek Wilderness. The subject was located and returned to the Wildcat Campground. She was dehydrated but otherwise in good condition.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release is HERE.

July 1, 2021

At 4:12 PM, nine Search and Rescue volunteers responded to a a Fire Evacuation in the Mark's Creek area to begin Level Two evacuation notices. Four SAR trucks, four ATVs, a UTV, and the Incident Command Trailer were mobilized to the Mark's Creek Staging Area for the mission. SAR members were released at 1930 hrs, when the fire was considered "controlled", before evacutaion notices were delivered.

June 29, 2021

At 4:08 PM, 15 Search and Rescue volunteers responded to a Fire Evacuation on O'Neil Highway to begin Level One evacuation notices for residences located on Century Drive and auxiliary roads and driveways. Teams were assigned with residences requiring notification and an observation point for a lookout position. SAR members were later released as the fire was considered "controlled".

April 3, 2021

At 7:30 PM, six Search and Rescue volunteers responded to a report of a motorist stranded in the snow on Forest Service Rd 42 near Rager. The subject was located by a search team using our tracked Ranger vehicle, in approximately four feet of snow. He was found in good medical condition, and was driven to a Prineville motel.

November 22, 2020

At 6:30 PM, Search and Rescue volunteers were called to assist Deputies with a missing/runaway 13 year old. After a search of the area, the subject was not located. An hour after volunteers left the area, the subject returned home.

November 15, 2020

At 7 AM, Crook County Sheriff's Office was notified of a family of five stuck on Forest Road 27 overnight. Fresh snow had fallen in the area. Others had attempted to reach them, but had also become stuck. Search and Rescue volunteers, along with Forest Service Law Enforcement, responded to the area and used snowmobiles to get the two adults and three children out of the area and back to safety.

July 25, 2020

12 volunteers with 4 ATV's, the Ranger, and three pickups responded to a Fire Evacuation Alert for a fire near Post. Two homes were burned in the fire, and others were at risk. Teams were mobilized to expand the evacuation alert. Fire crews, air tankers, and helicopters including the Skycrane were actively dropping retardant and water. The fire was brought under control, and we returned to base.

July 18, 2020

Seven volunteers with trucks, ATVs, and K9s responded to assist Deschutes County in their search for a three year old boy who wandered away from his parent's camp on Friday. Crook County volunteers found the subject and returned him to Base Camp to be reunited with this parents.

Press release is here.

March 9, 2020

Five volunteers with three trucks, a tracked Ranger, and a snowmobile responded to reports of a stranded motorist with possible injuries, stuck in the snow on FS 3010 Rd. near 3010150 Rd. SAR made contact with the stranded couple and offered them a ride back to town. Subjects refused the ride and asked instead to be towed out. SAR is not trained, equipped, or insured to provide tows. Male subject chose to stay with his vehicle, female was again offered and declined a ride to town. SAR departed the scene after informing the subjects we would not be returning.

January 5, 2020

Ten volunteers with snow machines responded to reports of stranded motorists in the Ochoco Mountains. Conflicting second-hand information from family members prolonged the search, but the motorists were eventually found and transported to St. Charles - Prineville for examination and treatment of hypothermia.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release is HERE.

December 8, 2019

On December 8, 2019 at approximately 1259 hours, a Sergeant from the Crook County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a serious-injury incident involving an accidental fall in the Crooked River Canyon on Hwy. 27 South near mile post 12, across from Castle Rock Campground. SAR volunteers assisted Crook County Fire & Rescue in the rescue

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release HERE.

November 12, 2019

Six volunteers responded to a report of two lost hikers in the LookOut Mtn area. They had food and water, and cell coverage, but no flashlight to find their way back to the trail. Pinging their cell put them near the 804 trail near Crooked Tree Spring. Team 1 spotted their cell phone light near the trail at approximately 1850 hours. Subjects were in good condition, and returned to their personal vehicle at Mother Lode Mine by a Sheriff's deputy.

September 20, 2019

Crook County Sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteers responded to a report of a 12 year old female who walked away from her Lone Pine home at 9:30 AM. Sheriff's deputies determined the point last seen and direction of travel from security cameras at a nearby farm. SAR deployed their Incident Command Trailer to the scene and directed multiple volunteer searchers, including ground pounders, K9 Teams, ATV teams, and Mounted personnel. The subject's family provided intelligence regarding favorite trails in the area, and one SAR member had knowledge of nearby caves. Clues were found but the subject was elusive. The search was suspended at dusk, pending further information. The subject returned to her home after search teams left the area.

December 31, 2018

Three Crook County SAR Volunteers assisted a Deputy with rescuing 2 adults and 3 children who were in the back country. Their vehicle had broken down and they needed a ride back to town. The location of the subjects was determined by them calling 9-1-1. 9-1-1 dispatchers were able to get their coordinates from their cell phone. They were located near the intersection of USFS road 16 and Bear Creek Road.

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

12 members responded to a report of missing persons/overdue motorists from Prineville. The search commenced just after midnight and concluded at 2:30 PM. The two stranded motorists were found in good shape, and were transported back to Prineville.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release HERE.

October 9, 2013

Pisgah Search-Crook County Sheriff's Search and Rescue responded to a report of a 32 year old overdue hunter near Mt. Pisgah. There was 4 inches of fresh snow on the ground. 4 SAR volunteers responded to the area. His vehicle had been found by family members on the 2630 road. He was found by family members near the area. A SAR K-9 located his track shortly before he was found.

September 8, 2013

22 members - including four K-9 teams, five Mounted, a Crook County Sheriff's Deputy, and a Deschutes County K-9 team - responded to a missing person from Prineville. There was a possible sighting in the area and he had enjoyed panning gold in the past. Searches of Canyon Creek, Ochoco Creek, Johnson Creek, Walton Lake and Walton Lake Snow Park, Independent and Mother Lode Mine areas, the Ochoco Ranger Station area and buildings, the Lookout Mountain Shelter, and connecting roads were all negative.

Hunters and other campers were contacted and provided with a photo and description of the person of interest and were asked to contact the Crook County Sheriff's Office with any information.

July 13, 2013

23 members responded to reports of an injured horseback rider in the Ochocos. Response time was greatly enhanced since SAR volunteers were on a Wilderness First Aid training exercise at nearby Lake Walton Snow Park. Members located and transported the 61 year old female subject to the nearest clearing where the Air Link chopper was able to land. Air Link transported her to St. Charles in Bend with unknown injuries.

January 20, 2013

Five members responded to a motorcycle accident in the Millican OHV AREA.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release HERE.

December 17, 2012

A 76 year old female was reported missing from her bed at 8:30 AM. Search and Rescue was activated but the subject was discovered by Sheriff's Deputies before SAR members arrived on scene.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release HERE.

KTVZ-21 News story HERE.

December 5, 2012

Seven ground searchers and three K-9 teams responded from Crook County Sheriff Search and Rescue to a mutual assistance request from Skamania County Sheriff's Office in their search for a missing 60 year old female subject, overdue after a mushroom picking trip.

Skamania Sheriff's Office Press Release HERE.

August 10, 2012

The Crook County Sheriff's Office received a report of an overdue motorist/missing person at 10:34 PM. The motorist and her two children were headed to Little Summit Prarie when she notified family she was lost. Search and Rescue was activated and searched all night. The motorist eventually arrived at her destination safely.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release HERE.

July 31 & August 1, 2012

On July 31, 2012 The Crook County Sheriff's Office took a report of a missing person. We sent a crew to the area to look for the person who had been enroute to Albany from LaGrande, Oregon. The missing person is identified as 60 year old David Whitson. Mr. Whitson had contacted family members by phone and said he was near Ochoco Divide and was out of gas. Family members responded to the area and were not able to locate Mr. Whitson. They contacted the Sheriff's Office for assistance.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release HERE.

KTVZ-21 news story HERE.

July 30, 2012

Four members responded to assist a deputy in a search for an overdue woodcutter. The 74 year old male was located in good health. He reportedly was cutting wood and camping.

June 21, 2012

At 1027 hours Crook County Fire and Rescue, Search and Rescue, and Crook County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a medical call at Twin Pillar's Trail Head off Forest Service Road 33 near Wildcat Campground. Two Search and Rescue members responded to assist assist Crook County Fire and Rescue and Life Flight in extracting the hiker.

Crook County Sheriff's Office Media Release HERE.

KTVZ-21 story HERE.

March 18, 2012

At approximately 1930 hours, Search and Rescue was called out for a stranded motorist who was not sure of his location. The subject had good cell service and was able to communicate with dispatch. A deputy responded to the area they believed that he was located and waited for a SAR team to respond with snowmobiles and 4 wheel drive vehicles. The subject was located in good condition and was given a ride back to Prineville.

November 1 & 2, 2011

Remington Road Search-Missing 53 yr old man with a medical condition stuck somewhere in his vehicle around Remington Road. At around 11:30 pm--3 SAR volunteers responded and searched the area with no luck. Another team of 5 SAR volunteers was sent to the area at approximately 6am and a Deputy also responded and located subject who was stuck in a gravel pit and cold but otherwise okay.

October 11, 2011

Six members, including two K9 teams, responded near Timothy Lake to assist Clackamas County in a search for a 47 year old missing woman. At the end of this search period, the search was suspended per Clackamas County.

KOIN-6 News story HERE.

October 10, 2011

Four members responded to a recovery mission three miles up the Green Mtn. Trail from Harvey Gap.

October 8, 2011

Four members responded to a search mission in Linn County using ATVs to search for a missing person. A vehicle containing a deceased person was located outside of Sweet Home.

KPTV News story HERE and HERE.

 

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