Search and rescue crews had not found a hiker missing since Monday as of Wednesday afternoon.
Lucas Francesco Cavalle, 38, of Mt. Vernon was reported missing by his girlfriend at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 4 after failing to return from a hike the previous day, according to a press release from Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer.
Cavalle recently moved to Grant County and is unfamiliar with the area. He told a shuttle driver he was going for a hike and planned to be picked up the next morning but did not get on the shuttle or report to work, Palmer said.
Cavalle told several people he planned to hike from the Fields Peak area north toward his residence about 9 miles away, Palmer said.
This area has about 5-10 inches of snow and is very steep and rocky in places. The temperatures have been 5-10 degrees for the last two nights.
Cavalle's residence has been checked along with the area round his home, Palmer said.
Members of the Grant County Sheriff's Office, GCSO Search & Rescue, BLM Law Enforcement, Forest Service Law Enforcement, Amateur Radio Emergency Service, local Air Search Group, Crook County Sheriff's Office SAR, Life Flight of Oregon and others have helped search the area.
A K-9 team, helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft have flown over the area for the last two days, Palmer said. Ground SAR teams picked up a boot print in the area but lost the track due to steep terrain and high winds on the steep slope, he said.
The Army National Guard from Salem is also heading into the search area. Additional county and state resources are being requested, Palmer said.
Lucas Cavalle was last seen at about noon Dec. 3 and is described as white male, 6 feet 1 inches tall, 170 pounds, with blonde hair, brown eyes and wearing black work boots, blue jeans and a gray pull-over hoodie. He was carrying a small black day pack with a lighter and some food, Palmer said.
Anyone who has recently seen Cavalle or with information about him should contact the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 541-575-1131 or John Day Dispatch at 541-575-0030.