A Prineville deer hunter reported missing in the snowy Ochoco Mountains east of Prineville was found by family members Wednesday morning while a search was under way, Crook County sheriff’s deputies said.
The sheriff’s office was notified around 2:30 a.m. by family members of Mark Jordan, 34, that he had left Prineville on Tuesday afternoon to go hunting alone and failed to return after dark, said Sgt. Jim Chapman.
The family members went to the area of Mt. Pigsah, east of Prineville in Wheeler County, and found his 4-by-4 pickup early Wednesday on Forest Service Road 2630. They told dispatchers there were four inches of new snow on the ground, but no sign of Jordan, Chapman said.
Jordan's father told deputies his son likely was not prepared for the weather or to spend the night, the sergeant added.
Crook County Search and Rescue was activated and responded to the area to help in the search through the early-morning hours.
Chapman said family members found Jordan walking in the area around 8:30 a.m. He was reported to be cold, but in good condition and not in need of medical attention.
A search and rescue K-9 reportedly found Jordan's track just before he was located.