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Search for missing man to continue

BUCKHANNON — Family members of a Buckhannon man missing since Monday morning during a big game hunting trip in Utah are traveling to the area as the search was expected to continue today.

Carl Crumrine, 69, and a head mine foreman with Arch Coal, planned the hunting trip with a good friend and his two sons to hunt elk and mule deer, according to Crumrine’s son, Paul Crumrine.

“They had been there for a couple days hunting,” he said. “About 5:30 Monday morning was the last time anyone saw him. He was supposed to go out so far and stop and wait for them to meet up with him. They were going to circle around and chase some game out to him. When they got there after dark, he wasn’t there.”

The rest of the party heard a shot in the area and assumed he shot something and tracked it, according to Paul. Later in the evening, they heard a second shot but in a different direction from where Crumrine was supposed to be so it is not known if it was Crumrine.

Paul and his stepsister are traveling to Utah and will meet up in Summit County where the search is underway in the Lyman Lake Area.

“That way someone is there when he gets out of there,” he said.

“I got a call at midnight (Monday) from the Summit County Sheriff’s Department there that he didn’t return and they have rangers out looking for him on horseback,” he said late Wednesday afternoon. “]Tuesday], they had three helicopters out looking for him, a lot of folks on side-by-sides, rangers, people on foot and were gathering tracking dogs.”

Paul said his father is an experienced hunter and had an extra jacket as well as fire starting equipment with him.

“He taught me everything I know,” he said. “He had everything for survival. He could take care of himself for a few days.”

Other than high blood pressure and bad knees, Crumrine had no serious medical problems.

“He is healthy and in good shape and spirits,” Paul said.

Crumrine is believed to wearing a camo shirt, coat, pants and hunter orange vest with black, Muck boots, a camo hat with orange and a camo backpack, according to a press release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Twenty years ago, the father and son made a similar trip to Colorado and the elder Crumrine has made a couple return trips to Colorado for elk hunting. This was his first trip to Utah for hunting.

Crumrine has been a coal miner for the last 40 years or so. Paul Crumrine said he is the oldest of the children and has a sister, two stepsisters and a stepbrother.