County Sheriff’s Office Suspends Search for Missing Hermiston Man

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The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) has suspended the search for Daniel S. Lincoln, who has been missing since Aug. 19.

Daniel Lincoln

Lincoln, 37, was last seen at his home in Hermiston on Aug. 19 and was reported missing by family members on Aug. 20.

On Aug. 21, the sheriff’s office became involved in the search when a ping from Lincoln’s cell phone showed a location southwest of Ukiah near Soap Hill Road and Bridge Creek Road.

The search included two ground teams from the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, sheriff’s office personnel, United States Forest Service personnel from the North Fork of the John Day Ranger District, forest service law enforcement personnel and friends and family of Lincoln.

Civil Air Patrol flight operations, coordinated out of the Salem office in Salem, were also conducted including one fixed-wing aircraft on Aug. 23 and two aircraft on Aug. 24.

On Tuesday, a volunteer from Heppner, Linda Nave, flew her personally-owned aircraft over the same search areas and located nothing.

UCSO said there was a report of a possible sighting of Lincoln passing through the North Fork John Day campground in Grant County on Thursday, Aug. 20. No other reports of possible sightings have been received since then.

According to the sheriff’s office, its search and rescue team reported a total of 86 searcher operation hours and 1,354 total miles driven. Those figures do not include time and miles covered by planes.

The sheriff’s office said information has been passed on to neighboring counties.

A press release from the sheriff’s office said the search will remain suspended unless, or until, new information requiring action is received.

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