Gold Hill hunter remains missing in Coos County

A Gold Hill man who was hunting elk in eastern Coos County still was missing as the sun went down Tuesday, with searchers expecting to resume their efforts at sunrise today.

Lloyd Sinclair, 33, was hunting in the Lost Creek drainage with a partner when he went into the brush in search of elk after spotting fresh signs Monday. He has not been seen since.

Sinclair's hunting partner reported him missing at 6:20 p.m. Monday, the Coos County Sheriff's Department reported.

"We still have searchers out there, but they'll be shutting it down," Coos County Sheriff's Staff Sgt. Pat Downing said Tuesday evening as the sun was setting. "We'll be resuming in the morning."

Sheriff's deputies and search-and-rescue units from Coos County arrived in the remote area at 8:30 p.m. Monday and searched in vehicles and on foot.

"Throughout the night last night when our deputies were out looking they had indication that somebody had heard (Sinclair)," said Downing. But searchers still were unable to find Sinclair in the rugged terrain filled with deep drainages, bluffs and thick timber.

The weather overnight was rainy and foggy, with temperatures in the mid 40s to mid 50s. Weather last night was expected to dip to the upper 30s and lower 40s with rain.

Downing said he did not have the exact spot where Sinclair went missing, but the approximate area includes Coos Bay Wagon Road, which runs between Myrtle Point and Roseburg.

"It has a number of different (Bureau of Land Management) roads," Downing said.

An incident command post was set up on the Burnt Mountain Access Road, located near the Coos-Douglas county line. On Tuesday, Douglas County Search & Rescue team members joined 16 or so deputies and search-and-rescue volunteers from Coos County.

Sinclair was lightly dressed and did not have survival supplies, Downing said.

"That's a big worry we have," he said.

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