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Missing huckleberry picker found safe, in good spirits

 
July 29, 2022
By Andrew O'Neel
Boundary County Public Information

Kuy Lonh was located around 5:20 a.m. today by a rescue helicopter crew from Two-Bear Air Rescue, Kalispell. He is in good spirits and is being evaluated by medics after spending his second night in the woods.

Lonh was not alone, however. He was accompanied by his friend’s dog the whole time, a black Labrador mix named “Lucky.”

The rescue helicopter had been requested by Incident Command yesterday afternoon to perform an aerial search early this morning while the landscape was cool and infrared equipment could be used effectively.

Searchers were operating from a tip they received after midnight last night from through-hikers who were camping in the area. The hikers said they saw a man with a dog matching Mr. Lonh’s description earlier yesterday around 5:30 p.m. and that he was heading up Bussard Mountain to seek high ground.

The helicopter crew headed there this morning and spotted Lohn, then dropped off a rescuer to lead him to a suitable helicopter pick-up point.

The overall search was led by Boundary County Search and Dive Rescue from an Incident Command Post located in North Bench Fire Association’s fore station on Camp Nine Road. Searchers from North Bench Fire, Paradise Valley Fire, South Boundary Fire and Bonner County Sheriff Search and Rescue assisted in the search. The Boundary County Chaplain’s Corps and North Bench Fire provided logistical support.

Search crews would like to give special thanks to Simple Simon Pizza and anonymous residents for providing free pizzas and water to the searchers. Thanks also goes to Two Bear Air Rescue and their crews, who provide top-notch rescue services to our region at no cost to taxpayers.
July 28, 2022
 
6:38 p.m.: Search teams are still searching for Kuy Lonh, and more trained search volunteers have arrived throughout the day to assist in the effort. Currently, six search teams are operating on foot and on ATVs, and the search will continue through the night or until he's found. Searchers did find tracks they believe are Lonh's and a specialized man-tracking expert is attempting to follow them.

The search will continue through the night as fresh searchers arrive to replace personnel who have been on the search all day. Two-Bear Air, Kalispell, will begin air operations in the morning once the area has cooled enough to allow for use of infrared search equipment.

The search effort is still using only trained search personnel and no assistance from the general public has been requested at this time. However, if anyone has any information about the location of Lonh, please call Boundary County Dispatch at 208-267-3151, extension 0.
11 a.m. -- The search continues for Kuy Lonh with assistance from a Spokane Regional Air Support Unit helicopter search crew and a search dog from David Thompson Search and Rescue, Libby.

Boundary County Search and Rescue has also requested mutual aid support from Bonner County Sheriff Search and Rescue.

Search teams are operating on foot and with all-terrain vehicles. Many organizations are contributing to the search, including North Bench Fire Association, Paradise Valley Fire District, South Boundary Fire District, and the Boundary County Chaplains Corps “Angel One” team.

Search crews are not currently asking for search volunteers, however, if anyone has any information about the location of Lonh, please call Boundary County dispatch at (208) 267-3151, extension 0.





 


6 a.m. -- Search and Rescue personnel, firefighters and sheriff's deputies are involved in an active search in the Camp Nine area, with a command post at North Bench Fire Station 2. Two Bear Air is on scene, as is the Boundary County Chaplain's Corps with Angel 1.

Boundary County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a call at about 10 p.m. Wednesday requesting assistance in locating a man missing in the vicinity of Bethlehem Mine/Camp Nine Road in Boundary County. Dispatchers activated Boundary County Search and Rescue, and crews have been conducting a search for Kuy Lonh, 54, who was last seen around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Lonh is described as an Asian male with black hair and brown eyes, five feet, nine inches in height and weighing 300 pounds. He was last seen wearing black jeans, black shirt, black shoes and a sun hat. He was reportedly camping in the area and was picking huckleberries when he became lost.

Search crews are not currently asking for search volunteers, however, if anyone has any information about the location of Lonh, please call Boundary County dispatch at (208) 267-3151, extension 0.

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