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Rescuers search for 70 year old missing Sisters hiker
by James Daniels - The Oregon Herald
  Thursday July 15, 2010 - 10:58 AM
 
SISTERS, Oregon. -- Rescuers are searching for a missing 70 year old man who became separated from his wife during a hike near Sisters. He's missing from the Deschutes National Forest area, 16 miles south of Sisters and east of the Three Sisters Wilderness AreaHis wife said her elderly husband was well equipped but had no cell phone. They apparently became separated around noon Wednesday when the he stopped for a better view, and she decided to walk ahead and meet him at the end of the trail. But she could not find her husband, and he never showed up.

The Tam McArthur Rim marks the edge of a sparsely vegetated, high volcanic tableland. Tam McArthur Rim can be reached by driving 16 miles south on Forest Road 16, also known as Three Creeks Road, from downtown Sisters, Oregon. The trailhead for the Rim is located at Three Creeks Lake, which has four campgrounds, one of which is a horse camp. The elevation at the trailhead, which is at Three Creek Lake, is 6300 feet, so expect snow to be a possible issue, even in during the summer months. September usually brings the best conditions for visiting the area.

A helicopter crew helped with the search of the Tam MacArthur Rim area before nightfall last night.

Crook and Jefferson county searchers are searching this morning to help cover an area of roughly 16 square miles.

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