A person was lost in the McKay Road area Sunday but was found safe Monday afternoon, and the Crook County Sheriff's Office reminds people going into the back country to always make sure to tell someone where they are going and make sure they are not trespassing on private property.
According to a media release from the CCSO, at approximately 11:40 Sunday, July 23, deputies responded to the report of a lost person on McKay Road. The lost person, who the CCSO did not identify, initially had cell phone contact by text with his family and law enforcement. The lost subject's vehicle had broken down, and he did not know his location.
A sergeant, emergency manager and 11 Search and Rescue volunteers were dispatched to the area to try and locate the lost subject and his vehicle. Teams searched until approximately 10 p.m. Sunday night with no luck locating the subject.
On Monday, Search and Rescue volunteers again returned to the McKay Road area to search for the missing subject. The missing subject's phone had lost power, and rescuers no longer had contact him.
Jefferson County pilot Rob Berg flew his plane over the area to see if the missing subject could be spotted. Forest Service Law Enforcement was also looking in the area.
At 1:47 p.m. Monday, law enforcement was notified that the lost subject had walked to a residence on Lofton Creek Road. The subject was hungry but did not require medical attention.
Crook County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, Forest Service Law Enforcement, Jefferson County Pilot Ron Berg, and Life flight of Oregon assisted Crook County Sheriff's Office.