Elmore County calls off search for missing hiker

The search for a man missing while hiking in the Sawtooth Wilderness Recreation Area has been called off, Chief Deputy Mike Barclay of the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office said Monday morning.

Searchers failed to locate the 65-year-old man, who was reported missing on June 17.

The hiker, who has not been publicly identified, entered the Sawtooths through the Queen’s River trailhead seven miles northwest of Atlanta. He was scheduled to finish his trip June 16, a day after he contacted his family using a personal satellite beacon saying he was OK. He has not been heard from since.

Elmore and Boise counties coordinated the search efforts. Search-and-Rescue teams from Elmore, Blaine and Twin Falls counties combed the area. Other assistance was provided by Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue. Meanwhile, the Idaho Army National Guard sent two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and Two Bear Air Rescue from Whitefish, Mont., also provided a helicopter.

The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office has asked that anyone who saw a lone hiker in the Queens River area, Pinchot Mountain, Elk Lake, Blacknose Mountain and Benedict Lake areas between June 13th and June 22nd, to call the agency at (208) 587- 2100.