Search For Missing Courtdale Hunter Enters 6th Day

October 8, 2018

Search For Missing Courtdale Hunter Enters 6th Day

DUSHORE — Authorities on Monday entered the sixth day of a search for a missing Luzerne County hunter who vanished in state game lands in Sullivan County.

Walter Booth, 84, of Courtdale, was reported missing last Wednesday after failing to return home from a hunting trip the day before.

According to the Dushore Fire Department, crews were dispatched to an area along Dutch Mountain Road and found Booth’s vehicle, but no sign of him.

What followed was a massive search effort involving more than 80 people from six counties and two states, including search dogs, a state police helicopter and surveillance drones, firefighters said.

But searchers encountered “extremely difficult” terrain featuring thick brush and large swampy areas, firefighters said.

By Sunday, crews still had not found Booth, despite 85 volunteers searching the ground and drones scanning from the air — including one flown after sunset that used an infrared camera.

Firefighters, state troopers and personnel from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as well as the Pennsylvania Game Commission were also joined Sunday by a team from Christian Aid Ministries, which covered difficult terrain throughout the day, firefighters said.

Officials said they expected operations Monday, the sixth day of the search, to be scaled down with fewer volunteers and smaller teams conducting more targeted searches.

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