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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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