Body of missing hunter found in east Oregon mountains


Andrew Dennis' death appears to be a tragic accident

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The body of a hunter was recovered Sunday in eastern Oregon.

Baker County Search and Rescue crews had been looking for Andrew Dennis since Sunday, September 29. He had left his home early the day before with his dog, Barney, to hunt in the East Eagle Creek area. He had left a copy of his route with his wife, but when he did not return, a search party was sent out to find him.

For a week, volunteers, friends, and family had searched for Dennis using drones, helicopters and dogs. On Friday, October 4, the crew got a lead when a hunter reported seeing a small, white dog in the area. The next day, SAR found Barney, said the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.

The day after, on Sunday morning, October 6, searchers found Dennis’ body.

“His death appears to be a tragic accident,” said Baker County Sheriff Travis Ash in a public statement. The statement continued on to say the following:

“We sincerely appreciate the willingness of regional SAR teams, BCSO employees, and friends and family of Andy to drop everything to assist with this search. It truly shows the amazing spirit of camaraderie and community support which Baker County, and the entire eastern region of Oregon, is known for. I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family of Andy Dennis.”

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