Idaho & Washington Civil Air Patrol units help in missing persons search

Personnel, aircraft and vehicles from Idaho and Washington units of the Civil Air Patrol are now helping with the search for 86-year-old Lyle O. Anderson of Hayden, Idaho. Anderson has been missing since June 7, according to family members.

Civil Air Patrol aircraft have already flown ten sorties with two aircraft (each sortie includes a Mission Pilot, Mission Observer and Mission Scanner as aircrews), totaling over 20 hours. 26 members from multiple units have participated in the search thus far.  

“Searching is very challenging for our crews based on the ruggedness of the terrain and the high density of tree cover in the search area,” Captain Randy McLain, Civil Air Patrol said in a news release. 

Kootenai County Sherriff’s Office say it is likely that Anderson, who has some medical concerns, went for a drive into the back country with his dog, as family members tell law enforcement that this is one of his favorite activities. Anderson's dog is a Jack Russell terrier. According to family members, Anderson enjoys frequenting the area of the North Fork of the Coeur'd Alene River, including the Horse Haven area. Law enforcement, however, says that there is no information which would indicate that he might be in this area. 

Anderson is believed to be driving his dark grey 2014 Jeep Patriot SUV, bearing Idaho license plate K563230.

Anderson is described as 5’9” tall, 210 pounds with grey hair and blue eyes. There is no information available as to what he is wearing.

Anyone with information regarding Anderson or who may have seen him in the last week, is asked to call the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office at 208-446-1300 and reference case # 18-24174.

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