A Kansas man who was separated from his hunting party was found by rescuers on Wednesday evening after spending two nights and two days lost in the Bighorns.
According to a Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office statement, Rudy Miller, 61, was reported missing late on September 30 after his hunting partners discovered he was lost.
The report says Miller was unprepared for overnight conditions in the mountains, wearing only a jacket, jeans and hiking boots. His medical history and the area’s “extreme weather conditions” were also cause for concern.
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The area where Miller was last seen was only accessible by foot and horseback, said the report.
Sheridan County Search and Rescue with assistance from Johnson County Search and Rescue began the search in heavy fog, snow and rain.
The following day searchers continued working in difficult weather conditions with additional help from Big Horn County Search and Rescue.
The search continued through the night and into Wednesday, October 2, with additional help from the Forest Service and Wyoming National Guard.
On Wednesday morning a hunter reported spotting a man matching Miller’s description in the Sibley Creek area, but due to terrain and weather the hunter was unable to contact Miller.
Crews on horseback arrived in the area and discovered fresh tracks, eventually leading them to Miller at around 5:22 p.m.
Miller was transported by ambulance to Sheridan Memorial Hospital where he was evaluated as a precautionary measure.