Crews Resume Search for Missing Hiker; this Time Recovery Mission

By: Lauren Garber Email
By: Lauren Garber Email

Update 7:00 p.m. Sunday November 26th:

Search and rescue workers began part two of their search to find missing snowshoer Rick Gentry. He hasn't been heard from since last Sunday, when he called 911 to report himself lost in the Galena Creek area.

His longtime friend, Wayne Denney, says Rick Gentry is an avid outdoorsman.

"He was very excited about when he moved to reno, and he met his wife, and he thought it was one of the best things that's ever happened to him, and he was just a very enjoyable person to be around," said Denney.

And despite the odds, search teams haven't given up hope.

"We always remain hopeful that we could find a lost person alive, the probability of survivability in this case is of course not great given the weather conditions," said Capt. Tim Kuzenak, WCSO.

Sunday, rescuers scoured an area about four and a half to five miles into the Galena Creek wilderness. Officials say the search radius is about five football fields wide.

"It's our primary location because of clues that we've found, as to where he may have been located," said Kuzenak.

The clues, one glove, a snowshoe, and a fanny pack, were found last Monday.

Friends describe the 55-year-old as a lifelong athlete.

"As you get a little bit older, and you still like to be very athletic as he was, he got into more diversified sports, and cross trained a little bit more," said Denney.

The two search teams used ATV's to get up into the mountains to continue their search on foot.

They said there was good visibility because of the sunshine, but last night's snow, and Sunday's breezy weather did complicate the search.

Officials don't know how much longer the search will continue.

Earlier Story:

RENO, NV - The Washoe County Sheriff's Office has suspended the search for a Reno hiker missing since Sunday, saying it's unlikely he's still alive after four days in the snowy, cold wilderness.

55-year-old Rick Gentry went hiking Sunday near the Galena Creek Trail, and called 911 several hours later, saying he was lost. He hasn't been heard from since.

The search has not been easy. It has included rough terrain and heavy snow, which has been an issue for the safety of search crews. Besides personal items of Gentry's found this week, no signs of him have been found.

The case is being forwarded to the detective's division.

Weather permitting, the search will continue Sunday, but deputies say it will be a recovery effort, not a rescue mission.

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