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Search continues for Polson man reported missing near SKQ Dam

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POLSON - Authorities are continuing their search for a man who has been reported missing near the SKQ Dam.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said in a Tuesday morning statement that Kyle Butterhof, 26, has been missing since Feb. 23.

Sheriff Bell says that a total of four drones and ground crews from the Lake County Sheriff Search and Rescue team searched the area near the dam on Sunday and Monday.

Additionally, the area where his car was located was checked and the man trackers located his tracks and followed them making a loop back towards the road from the wooded area. 

Sheriff Bell says they will be spending Tuesday going house-to-house in the area and talking to motorists in the area to see if anyone had seen Butterhof. Also, the Sheriff's Office is checking about getting dogs to come and check the area and have asked for Two Bear Air to come check the area.

Anyone who has seen Butterhof is asked to call Lake County Dispatch at (406) 406-883-7301 ext. 1.

POLSON - Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says they are searching for a 26-year-old Polson man near the SKQ Dam near Polson.

Sheriff Bell told MTN News on Monday that they are looking for Kyle Butterhof near the SKQ Dam after his car was located in the parking lot Saturday.

Sheriff Bell reports Butterhof’s dad contacted law enforcement Friday after his son left his home in Perma distraught.  Sheriff Bell says an attempt to locate was dispatched to area law enforcement to be on the lookout for Butterhof.

Employees at the SKQ dam found Butterhof’s vehicle in the parking lot at the SKQ dam on Saturday but wasn't reported to law enforcement until Sunday. Sheriff Bell says his deputies, search and rescue, and “man trackers” spent the day Sunday and Monday looking for Butterhof. 

Sheriff Bell added that the “man trackers” found no human tracks near the water or along the shoreline. They are now searching nearby roads and fields with the assistance of three drones to see if he walked away from the area.

Butterhof's mother, Cindy Lee told MTN News that her son has Asperger syndrome and is autistic, which she says makes him anti-social.   Lee says Butterhof was wearing jeans, dark shirt and thin jacket with orange and grey colors.  He is 5'6" and weighs 125 pounds.

Butterhof’s family is very concerned for his safety. Cindy Lee says her son is not in trouble, and they just want him back home safe. The family is urging people who may have seen Kyle or may know where he is to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 883-7301 ext. 1.. 

Callers can remain anonymous.

Sheriff Bell says they pinged Butterhof’s cellphone but there has been no activity since Friday.

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