Hunter, 69, still missing in Summit County as more than 8 inches of snow falls, temperatures plummet

The Summit County Sheriff's Office is inviting people who want to help in the search for missing hunter Carl Crumrine (inset) to sign up. Photos: SCSO; Facebook

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 20, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday morning the search is continuing for missing 69-year-old hunter Carl Crumrine as more than eight inches of snow fell in the area and temperatures plummeted.

“A limited search for Carl Crumrine continued this morning,” said a tweet from SCSO. “Summit County Search and Rescue is reporting poor weather conditions in the search area. Temperatures are at 15° this morning and there is 8+ inches of snow on the ground and it’s still snowing.”

Crumrine has been missing since Monday, when he and a group of friends went hunting in the Lyman Lake area of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. His friends became alarmed when Crumrine did not return to the designated meeting place.

Summit County Search and Rescue crews responded that night, and they, helped by people from other agencies, have been on the job every day since.

On Thursday night, crews reported that several inches of snow had fallen in the search area and plummeting temperatures increased the danger for all involved.

Crumrine was visiting from Buckhannon, West Virginia.

Son Paul Crumrine told a West Virginia news station, WDTV, that his father was an experienced hunter and was prepared for emergencies.

The younger Crimrine said on his Facebook page that he arrived in Utah on Thursday to join searchers.

Search dogs and National Guard helicopters were participating in the search, he said.

Photos released by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office revealed that ATVs and horses were also on site.

Paul Crumrine said on Facebook late Friday afternoon that some footprints had been found in an area that had not yet been searched.

“The most experienced crews are on it plus the Apaches are extending out that direction,” his post said. “Fingers crossed!”

A SCSO Facebook post Friday said The Garrett Bardsley Foundation is organizing volunteers who want to assist Summit County Utah Search and Rescue in the search for Crumrine. For information on volunteering please visit the provided link.

Gephardt Daily will have more on the search as news breaks.


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