Posted: Sep 14, 2012 3:59 PM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 14, 2012 3:59 PM
BIG HORN - The Treasure County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 26-year-old Wisconsin man believed to have been swept away by the Yellowstone River earlier this week while he was herding cattle.
Luke Herring was reported missing at about 7 p.m. Tuesday when he failed to return to the ranch that he is employed at. Treasure County Sheriff Wayne Robinson said Herring's horse was found dead in the river Tuesday night about a quarter mile downstream from the river crossing that Herring would have used.
Search and rescue teams from Treasure, Stillwater and Rosebued counties, along with officials from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks are conducting the search. Ground crews are using search dogs, boats, and jet skis to search the river, while planes are being used to search from above.
The search area spans 14 miles along the Yellowstone River from Big Horn to Hysham.
In an effort to help the dogs pick up the scent, authorities have closed the area to hunting and fishing.
The victim's Wisconsin family, along with his girlfriend's family, are in Montana helping with the search.
Q2 has a crew on scene and will continue providing information as it becomes available.