The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has ended its search for Floyd Lucero, 56, of Otis, who failed to return from a late afternoon hunt November 19. He was believed to be in a timbered area between Holiday Lane in Rose Lodge and Bear Creek Road, south of Highway 18. Lincoln County Search and Rescue Coordinator Deputy Bruce McGuire said “Between the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and private citizens, the area he was last seen in has been covered heavily. Due to Mr. Lucero wearing camouflage clothing, and the areas of heavy brush, it has made the effort to locate him a difficult task,” McGuire said. Searches will keep doing spot searches in the area, but the active search was suspended Monday (November 28).
A friend of Lucero’s originally called 9-1-1 when Lucero failed to return November 19. Lucero was wearing camouflage, was reportedly familiar with the area and an avid outdoorsman, according to LCSO. Anyone with information on Lucero’s whereabouts is asked to call 541-265-4231. Search teams began working November 20, although efforts were hampered two days last week due to the weather.