Searchers Hunt for Boy in Cold, Stormy Weather
CHEMULT, Ore. (AP) _ Dozens of searchers hunted in cold, snowy weather for a 9-year-old boy lost since Sunday with his horse in the central Oregon canyons.
Melvin Bundy, a spokesman for the Klamath County search and rescue unit, said darkness and the poor weather forced 70 people to temporarily stop their search Monday night, but an expanded, helicopter-aided search was planned for today.
Nathan Madsen was reported missing by his family Sunday afternoon after he disappeared during a cattle roundup, said Chuck Hoy, a spokesman for the rescue unit.
Hoy said searchers were growing increasingly worried about the boy as the weather deteriorated late Monday afternoon. The cold, wet conditions posed an extreme danger of exposure to the boy, he said.
″It’s getting scary now,″ he said. ″It’s snowing like the devil.″
Hoy said searchers spent a second night in the rugged timberland along the Little Deschutes River north of Chemult, which is 160 miles south-southwest of Portland.
Hoy said rain and sleet that fell late Sunday and early Monday had erased any tracks searchers might have followed.