12-01-2011, 01:45 AM #1Former Member
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OR - Stephen Litsey, 71, lost while hunting in So OR, 30 Oct 2011
Oregon rescue crews have suspended their search of a remote, mountainous part of southern Oregon for a Belleville native who went missing during a deer hunting trip two weeks ago.
Steve Litsey, 71, was last seen alive on Oct. 30, after splitting up from his hunting partner near Roseburg, Ore., about 125 miles north of the California border.
Authorities halted their search Nov. 3 after 7 inches of snow had fallen in the area.
Barbara Litsey of Belleville said she still hopes for the best, but is coming around to the idea that her older brother has passed away. She noted that the sub-freezing temperatures and heavy snows would have made survival extremely difficult.
"I've kind of given up now," she said. "It's really rough. He was my only sibling and my big brother ... I've kind of accepted the fact that he's gone."
01-14-2012, 06:07 PM #2
11-25-2013, 10:06 PM #3
courtesy of Find The Missing
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Steve Litsey was reported missing by his hunting partner on Sunday, October 30, 2011. His friend told the Sheriff's Office that he and Litsey walked into the Twin Lakes area on Saturday, October 29, 2011 and then separated at about 0730 hours, agreeing to meet back there later in the day. Litsey never showed up.
Camouflage shirt and pants
Carrying Savage 270 hunting rifle
November 13, 2011 10:00 pm
Steve Litsey left his cell phone and GPS device in a camper. Searchers have not found his backpack, his gun or any other trace of him.
Published: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 3:42 PM
Search and rescue crews from Oregon and California combed the area and found candy wrappers and water bottles, but weren't sure if they were from Litsey. As snow began to fall about 9 p.m. Wednesday, search efforts were called off.JMO.
11-26-2013, 12:14 AM #4Registered User
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It has been very, very cold in Oregon for the past few days. I'm up in the Portland metro, can't imagine how much colder it is in the mountains. I grew up in North Dakota and I've actually been uncomfortably cold while going to work the last few days, if that gives any perspective.
12-21-2013, 04:31 AM #5Former Member
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Answer Man: Was missing hunter ever found?
A couple of years ago, the BND ran a story about a former Belleville resident who had gone missing while hunting in Oregon. Was he ever found? -- H. M.
In late October 2011, Steve Litsey left his home in Paradise, Calif., to "worship" again in the rugged outdoors he loved so much.
But after splitting up with his deer-hunting partner in the mountainous terrain near Roseburg, Ore., he was never seen again. And, just this past summer, the court granted his wife Suzanne's petition to have the 71-year-old real estate agent declared dead as of Nov. 1, 2011.
"They never found any trace," said his sister, Barbara Litsey, who lives in the Signal Hill neighborhood. "He just loved the outdoors so much. He always told me that the wilderness where he went hunting was his church."
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