Tuesday, April 23, 2013
PORTLAND (AP) — An Oregon sheriff says he’s getting reports that a missing Oklahoma teen has been sighted in various places around the Northwest. However, Harney County Sheriff Dave Glerup says none of those reports have led to 19-year-old Dustin Self.
The teen reportedly set out more than a month ago from the family home outside Oklahoma City to test himself against the wilderness. His pickup truck was found April 15 on rugged Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon. Self’s parents are taking the vehicle back home.
The Oregonian reports that Glerup said Monday his office has gotten sighting reports from places including Yakima, and Lakeview, Grants Pass and Coos Bay in Oregon.
The sheriff has suspended the day-to-day search of the Steens Mountain area because of continuing stormy conditions and deep snow. A helicopter search last week found no sign of Self.
Glerup has said he thinks Self is either dead or walked off the mountain and hitched a ride somewhere.