Searchers find missing Halfway man

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

A Baker County Sheriff's deputy and a family friend found a Halfway man Saturday evening after he failed to return from a ride on his ATV.

Deputy Gabe Maldonado and Bob Torres, a friend, found Charles Larry Merriman, 77, about 8 p.m. Saturday.

Merriman had rolled his ATV, according to a press release from Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick.

A Halfway ambulance took Merriman to St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

Lea Preble, who is Merriman's stepdaughter, called police about 5 p.m. Saturday to report him missing after he failed to return from his ride. He had left his home about 11 a.m. He did not bring food or water.

Several family friends had searched for Merriman with no success.

After Preble's call, two sheriff's deputies and members of the county's Search and Rescue team began looking for Merriman.

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