UPDATED: Missing Gold Hill hunter found (1:40 p.m.)

Updated 1:40 p.m. An elk hunter missing since Monday has been found in Coos County.

At about 11:30 a.m., searchers located Lloyd Sinclair near the area he was last known to be. Medics and search personnel are still extracting him. He is believed to have suffered injuries to his shoulder and knee, search officials said.

More information will be released after he and his rescuers get out of the woods, Coos County officials said in a news release sent out at 1:30 p.m.

11:35 a.m. The search for a Gold Hill man who has been missing since heading into the Coos County wilderness in search of elk Monday has expanded following a second night of unsuccessful searching.

A National Guard helicopter is flying the Lost Creek drainage, searching for 33-year-old Lloyd Sinclair with heat-seeking technology, and Coos County officials have called for more help from search teams across Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Sinclair was hunting in the Lost Creek drainage with a partner when he went into the brush Monday, following elk tracks. He was last seen at about 10:30 a.m., police said. When he failed to return that evening, his partner called 911.

Sheriff's deputies and search-and-rescue personnel from Coos County flocked to the remote woodland area and began a search for Sinclair around 8 p.m. Monday on vehicles and on foot. No sightings were reported during that night, though some searchers might have heard Sinclair calling, police reported.

A full crew resumed searching at first light Tuesday, with added help from the nearby Douglas County Search & Rescue group.

"They went all day yesterday until about 6 or 7 last night," Coos County Sheriff's Staff Sgt. Pat Downing said this morning.

A scaled-back crew continued the hunt through the night, but turned up nothing. Today, the search has intensified and expanded, Downing said. The National Guard is flying over the drainage using heat-seeking technology to try to find Sinclair.

A request was put in to activate the California-Oregon Search and Rescue Task Force — CORSAR — comprised of search and rescue volunteers from several counties, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Civil Air Patrol and the American Red Cross.

"It's basically a request for all search and rescue in southwest Oregon and northern California to assist," Downing said.

An incident command post has been set up on Burnt Mountain Access Road, located near the Coos-Douglas county line.

Authorities are concerned for Sinclair's safety, saying the terrain is rugged and comprised of deep drainages, bluffs and thick timber. Sinclair was lightly dressed and didn't have survival supplies.

"We're obviously starting behind the 8-ball here," Downing said. "He could have gone a long ways."

— Ryan Pfeil


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