Missing Hunter Found using Big Horn County Sheriff’s Dept GPS Resources

Late in the evening on Thursday November 11, an overdue hunter was reported to Big Horn County Sheriff’s department by family members.

Big Horn County Sheriff’s department personnel and Big Horn County Search and Rescue volunteers responded and searched throughout the night for the missing hunter. Friday morning the subject was able to get cell service and called a family member, stating that he was okay but his vehicle was stuck and that he did not know where he was. The subject was unaware that Big Horn County had GPS location on 911 cell phone calls. Big Horn County Search and Rescue Incident Command directed the family member to have the lost subject call 911 so that GPS location could be activated.
the missing hunter was located by search and rescue teams about an hour later. Because the subject’s vehicle was stuck, he was transported by search and rescue team members to Basin where he was met by family members. The Big Horn County Sheriff’s department wants to remind the public that Big Horn County does have GPS location tracking specifically for 911 calls received by the dispatch center. This service was developed for search and rescue missions and has made a significant impact on reducing the search time for missing and lost citizens within the geographical boundaries of Big Horn County.