The death of Andrew Dennis, a 60-year-old Haines man who was the subject of a week-long search in the Wallowa Mountains, "appears to be a tragic accident," according to the Baker County Sheriff's Office.
Searchers found Dennis' body about 11:30 a.m. Sunday near East Eagle Creek.
It appears that Dennis fell in the steep terrain, probably on Sept. 28, the same day he went on what was intended to be a one-day deer hunt, said Candy Sturm, Dennis' niece.
Sturm said her uncle’s body was found near where searchers trapped Dennis’ dog, Barney, on Saturday evening.
She said Barney was reunited with Dennis’ wife, Patty, and that the dog, although he has lost some weight, is doing well.
Sturm said she “cannot express enough” to thank all the people who participated in the search for her uncle over the past week.
The search was extensive and involved a variety of resources, including drones, air scent canines, and helicopters. In a press release, the Sheriff's Office said: "We would like to thank the following agencies that assisted: Baker Aircraft, Oregon National Guard, Oregon State Police, and Search and Rescue Teams from Umatilla, Wallowa, Union, and Harney counties. We greatly appreciate the Baker County Search and Rescue Team as well as friends and family who assisted in the search and provided support throughout the week."
Sheriff Travis Ash said: “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.”