On July 29, 2014, at approximately 4:24 AM, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was alerted for an urban search to assist the Bozeman Police Department in looking for an 80 year old male. Bozeman PD had received the report at about 4:00 AM, and had gathered the initial information and begun searching. The missing man had been staying with relatives at a residence on North 15th Ave, and was visiting from out of state for a wedding. He had last been seen at the residence on North 15th at about 12:30 AM.

Approximately 15 volunteers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the call. Information was also passed to media outlets to solicit assistance from the public. As search plans were made to determine the search radius and areas of highest probability, handlers from Western Montana Search Dogs began searching using their K9s. At about 5:40 AM, an alert employee from Rocky Mountain Security called and reported that he had located the missing man near the intersection of Main Street and Yerger Drive.

The man’s identity was confirmed by Bozeman PD, and he was reunited with his family. He was in good condition, and did not require any further assistance. Sheriff Gootkin would like to thank Rocky Mountain Security, members of the media, Bozeman PD, and MSU PD for their collaboration with Search and Rescue.

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