ROCK SPRINGS – Five volunteers from Tip Top Search and Rescue joined the 150 volunteers Saturday, Nov. 3, searching for a lost hunter who has been missing since Oct. 25.
Terry Meador, 74, of Rock Springs, was reported missing to the Rock Springs Police Department on Oct. 25 after he did not return from a solo hunting trip. His unoccupied vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet pickup, was found badly stuck approximately 2-3/4 miles north of the summit of Pine Mountain.
Ground units, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters searched on and around Pine Mountain by county deputies, Sweetwater County Search and Rescue and family members and friends on Oct. 26, 27 and 28 were unsuccessful. Ground and fixed-wing aircraft searches on the Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 also were unsuccessful.
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department called for volunteers to search Saturday ahead of anticipated poor weather.
“More than 150 people volunteered,” Sheriff Mike Lowell said. “The public’s response was wonderful; it was standing room only in the Sheriff’s Office training room for the 7 a.m. briefing on Saturday.”
Once they were briefed and provided with maps, teams were created, assigned specific search areas and deployed on and around Pine Mountain. Participating were sheriff's deputies, the volunteers, canine teams, including Capital City Canine Search and Rescue of Cheyenne, Sweetwater County Search and Rescue, a team from Tip Top Search and Rescue of Pinedale, and a helicopter provided by University of Utah Air Med.
Saturday’s search was completed in the afternoon and Sheriff’s Office units confirmed that all searchers were accounted for and off the mountain by about 4 p.m.
“Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful,” said Lowell. “We were unable to locate Mr. Meador or any additional clues to his route or whereabouts after he left his vehicle.”
The areas searched on October 26-30, plus Saturday’s search, total more than 60 square miles.