Gold Hill hunter missing in Coos County wilderness

A Gold Hill man elk hunting in eastern Coos County still had not been found Tuesday afternoon after his hunting partner reported him missing at 6:20 p.m. Monday, the Coos County Sheriff's Department reported.

Lloyd Sinclair, 33, was hunting in the Lost Creek drainage with a partner when he went into the brush in search of elk after spotting a fresh sign. He has not been seen since.

Sheriff's deputies and search and rescue units from Coos County arrived in the remote area at 8:30 p.m. and searched in vehicles and on foot, but they did not find Sinclair.

"Throughout the night last night when our deputies were out looking, they had indication that somebody had heard (Sinclair)," said staff Sgt. Pat Downing of the Coos County Sheriff's Office. But they still were unable to find Sinclair in the rugged terrain of deep drainages, bluffs and thick timber.

The weather overnight was rainy and foggy, with temperatures in the mid 40s to mid 50s.

Downing did not have the exact spot Sinclair went missing, but that the approximate area includes Coos Bay Wagon Road, which runs between Myrtle Point and Roseburg.

"It has a number of different (Bureau of Land Management) roads," Downing said.

An incident command post has since been set up on the Burnt Mountain Access Road, located near the Coos-Douglas county line. Douglas County Search & Rescue team members have since joined the 16 or so deputies and search and rescue volunteers from Coos County.

Sinclair was lightly dressed and did not have survival supplies, Downing said.

"That's a big worry we have," he said.

— Ryan Pfeil

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