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Man missing near Bass Creek area

Posted at 5:33 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 19:35:19-04

The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue are continuing search operations for 37-year-old Phillip Stokey of Missoula, according to a news release.

Stokey was last known to be in the Bass Creek area of Ravalli County near Florence, and search efforts have been underway since Aug. 13. Efforts have included ground, air, and dog searches to date.

On Aug. 21 and 22, dog teams will be searching the area west of Bass Creek Trailhead. In cooperation with the Bitterroot National Forest, the Bass Creek Trail will be closed to minimize scent interference and give the dog teams a greater chance of success.

Hikers are asked to avoid the area during the search.