Ore. search for missing Calif. hunter suspended
Thursday, November 3, 2011
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- The Douglas County sheriff's office says the search for a 71-year-old California hunter missing in southern Oregon has been suspended after five days.
Spokesman Dwes Hutson said Thursday that searchers from several counties in Oregon and California found candy wrappers and water bottles in the Umpqua National Forest area where Steve Litsey was last seen but don't know if those items are tied to the Paradise, Calif., man.
Hutson says the search wrapped up Wednesday night as snow began to fall. Additional searches will be conducted if weather permits and new information comes in.
Litsey was last seen Oct. 29. He and a friend split up to look for deer near the Twin Lakes trailhead in the Cascade Range about 55 miles east of Roseburg. He reportedly had water, snacks and fire-making materials.