BURNS, Ore. - A search is under way in rugged wilderness near Steens Mountain in Eastern Oregon for an Oklahoma 19-year-old whose car was found a month after his father reported him missing in the area.
Here's a news release from the Harney County Sheriff's Office on the search and background:
On March 16, 2013 the Harney County Sheriff's Office received a telephone call from Victor Self of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Self stated that his nineteen year old son, Dustin Rollin Self had called him and stated that his GPS had guided him to the Fields- Denio Road in southern Harney County and that he was lost. Victor Self asked for assistance finding his son.
Dustin Self had left Oklahoma and was en route to the Klamath Falls – Ashland, Oregon area to join a church, The Church of the Holy Light of the Queen, after the breakup with his girlfriend.
An investigation found that Dustin Self had made contact with the Fields Store and that a customer had given him directions to Lakeview, Oregon. A search was made by the Harney County Sheriff's Office with assistance of Bureau of Land Management employees with negative results.
Dustin's family then had a missing person report filed and entered into the National Crime Information Computer system.
On April 15, 2013 a report was made to the Harney County Sheriff's Office that a vehicle registered to Dustin Self was found on the Stone House Road at the north end of Steens Mountain by local area ranchers. The vehicle was located approximately two and one half miles west of the Fields Denio Road and had slid off the roadway. This location is thirty five miles north of the area first searched.
Harney County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue responded to the scene and conducted a search for Dustin Self with negative results. The search was hampered by severe storm conditions, high winds, and deep snow drifts in the area. An air search is planned when the high winds in the area subside. The area where the vehicle was found is described as very rough wilderness.