Body of missing hunter found in eastern Oregon

Posted at 7:03 PM, Oct 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 17:00:09-04

BAKER COUNTY, Oregon — Authorities in eastern Oregon located the body of a missing hunter Sunday morning after what appears to be a "tragic accident."

Searchers located the body of Andrew Dennis in the East Eagle Creek area. No foul play is suspected.

Baker County officials say Dennis left home in the early morning hours of September 28 to hunt the East Eagle Creek area. He took his Jack Russell Terrier companion, Barney, with him and planned to return that evening.

He left a map of his route with his wife, but when he failed to return by Sunday afternoon, law enforcement was notified.

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team spent the week searching, along with friends and family.

On October 4, a hunter reported seeing a small, white dog in the area. The next day, searchers were able to capture Barney, who was in good health.

"The search was extensive and involved a variety of resources, including drones, air scent canines, and helicopters," a press release from the Baker County Sheriff's office stated. "We would like to thank the following agencies that assisted: Baker Aircraft, Oregon National Guard, Oregon State Police, and Search and Rescue Teams from Umatilla, Wallowa, Union, and Harney counties."

Officials have not released information regarding a cause of death.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family afford funeral expenses.