SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING EOU STUDENT

May 29, 2002 12:00 am
COMMAND POST: At Union County Search and Rescue headquarters in La Grande, incident commander Jan Koegler, left, was on the phone this morning requesting help from the 36th Rescue Flight from Fairchild Air Base in Washington to aid in the search for EOU student Darryn Kyle. In the background are Union County Search and Rescue members Jeanette Rogers and Jeff Putnam. (The Observer/Phil Bullock).
COMMAND POST: At Union County Search and Rescue headquarters in La Grande, incident commander Jan Koegler, left, was on the phone this morning requesting help from the 36th Rescue Flight from Fairchild Air Base in Washington to aid in the search for EOU student Darryn Kyle. In the background are Union County Search and Rescue members Jeanette Rogers and Jeff Putnam. (The Observer/Phil Bullock).

By T.L. Petersen

Observer Staff Writer

A second day of searching for a lost Eastern Oregon University student is under way.

Union County Search and Rescue volunteer team members are heading up the search today with help from Wallowa County Search and Rescue, Umatilla County Search and Rescue, a team from the Walla Walla Ranger District, dogs and helicopters.

Darryn Kyle, 20, reportedly was between Jubilee Lake and Tower, about two miles south of the Umatilla county line Monday evening, planning on turkey hunting with a friend, Odes Hunseng.

The pair's vehicle became stuck in snow, so at about 7:10 p.m. Kyle decided to walk to a camp they had seen earlier.

The two had used a cell phone to call friends at Eastern, who got the vehicle dislodged that evening.

But at about 10 p.m., Kyle's friends realized he was not where he was expected. They searched through the late evening, finally calling for help about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The initial call went to Wallowa County, Union County Search and Rescue incident commander Jan Koegler said. Within hours, Union County searchers were tracking Kyle.

Searchers were able to track the missing student, described as a 6-foot, 3-inch, 240-pounder, about seven miles, to the point where Road 62 and Sheep Creek intersect.

Koegler said that a torrential rainstorm late Monday night, combined with intermittent rain Tuesday, had wiped out any more of Kyle's trail.

Koegler is asking that anyone in the area who might have seen Kyle to call the Union County Sheriff's Office at 963-1017. He was described as wearing coveralls, an Australian-style cowboy hat, perhaps Gortex rain gear and carrying a 12-gauge shotgun.

It is suspected that Kyle might not have asked for help late Monday or early Tuesday.

Kyle has a small amount of outdoor experience, his mother told searchers, but has never been in the part of the mountains where he is now.

At about 10 a.m. today, the 36th Rescue Flight from Fairchild Air Base in Washington is expected to join the search.

On Tuesday, the 937th Rescue Squad out of Portland searched the area with a Blackhawk helicopter.

Koegler said that searchers today again plan to work out from where the vehicle was stuck, going over drainages in the area and looking for other signs of the missing man.

This is the first search of the year for the county's search and rescue team, but Koegler noted that Memorial Day was a busy time last year, with two women lost in the Wallowas and a missing child found quickly.

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