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From the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office: Missing boy found safe

June 4, 2022

11:31 a.m. Sunday, June 5: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reports Ryker has been found, safe and in good health!

6:56 a.m. Sunday, June 5: Crews from Montana, Idaho and Washington are expected to resume the search for Ryker this morning after Saturday's effort, which covered several square miles around the home Ryker went missing from Friday afternoon, came up empty. The search effort has been hampered by inclement weather.

Ryker Webb. Four years old. Red hair, blue eyes. An initial clothing description provided to searchers proved to be inaccurate. It is unknown what clothing or footwear the child is wearing.

The child was last seen on the afternoon of Friday, June 3, playing with the family dog in the yard outside the home in the area of the 18 mile-marker of Hwy 56 south of Troy, MT. (East side of Bull Lake).

In addition to a steady presence of ground searchers and ATVs, several drones and dog teams were able to deploy yesterday following the initial report, along with a boat unit on the lake. Two Bear Air attempted to deploy yesterday, but had to turn back due to poor weather moving in. Today, two Montana Air National Guard helicopters and several drones from Flathead and Spokane were able to deploy, in addition to more dog teams and continued ground and ATV searching. It has been extremely difficult to get the additional air assets into the Bull Lake valley due to very poor weather conditions which consisted of rain, low visibility, and low ceiling. These assets continue to monitor weather for additional flight openings. The dense vegetation in the area has also proven to be extremely difficult to search.

A Code Red Alert was sent out yesterday to all neighbors in the vicinity of the point last seen, asking that they search their own properties and structures.

A missing person report was disseminated nationwide yesterday.
Thank you to the many agencies assisting in this search thus far (we’ve probably missed many here):

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, David Thompson Search and Rescue, Bull Lake Fire Department, Flathead County SAR, Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane PD, Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, North Valley SAR, Two Bear Air, Air National Guard, Libby Volunteer Fire Department, Upper Yaak Fire Department, Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks. Additionally, Malmstrom AFB, Fairchild AFB, and Spokane County Sheriff's Office are attempting to respond with aircraft.

Thank you to the Halfway House, Stillwater Christian Church, Rosauers, and many others for the meals today.
The search and investigation into the child’s disappearance will continue.

Any person with information regarding this case should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 406-293-4112, ext. 0

Questions or Comments? Send us an email!

Mike Weland, Publisher

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P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
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