SUMMIT COUNTY, UTAH — The search continues for 69-year-old Carl Crumrine, the Buckhannon man who went missing from his elk hunting trip in Utah. The active ground searches had to be suspended after large amounts of snow fell and the temperature dropped earlier this week, but air efforts were scheduled to resume on Thursday, according to his son Paul Crumrine.
Missing since Monday, October 14, Crumrine was last known to be headed in the direction of Lyman Lake. When he never came back to the campsite, his hunting group went looking for him. When they didn’t find him, they searched for cell phone service and called the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. The search began by air around 9:30 p.m. that night, to see if there were any noticeable light sources. However, none of the light sources discovered turned out to be Crumrine.
Multiple agencies searched for days for any sign of Crumrine, including Summit County Utah Search and Rescue. By Saturday, October 19, the Garrett Bardsley Foundation had organized a volunteer search effort.
The search effort was temporarily suspended after over a foot of snowfall made it difficult for volunteer searchers to get around the area. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said they will continue to investigate any tips.
According to a Thursday afternoon update from his son Paul, search and rescue teams have devised another tactic in attempt to find his father. “They are planning on doing an aerial search with a recco that looks for electronic devices, whether they are on or not, such as a handheld ham radio device or a handheld GPS device,” Crumrine said. He added, “Both are something he has on him. They will also do a visual search for my dad, looking for any signs that may lead to him.”
Authorities reportedly attempted to initiate a recco search on Wednesday, but weather conditions prevented them from doing so. Family and friends remain hopeful that Crumrine is found quickly and can safely return home to Buckhannon.