The search for Dale Brownlow has resumed today according to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.
Thursday, members of Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue and deputies began looking for the 52-year-old wildlife biologist from Denver, whose car had been parked at the Hunter’s Gulch trailhead for 12 days.
They were unable to find him before it got too dark and operations ceased Thursday evening.
A Friday evening meeting yielded plans for the search to resume Saturday.
“We’re planning to use air assets to move personnel deeper into the mountains,” Dutton said Friday. “Because of the steep terrain, we’re not able to get back far enough in the immediate amount of time or daylight we have.”
He said the team is using three helicopters - two from the Flathead sheriff's office and one from Executive Air - to move ten search teams into the remote wilderness. As of noon, they hadn't found Brownlow. Dutton said visibility was good with overcast skies. The snow as about knee deep.
“They’re donating their services to help us out,” Dutton said of the organizations. “It will certainly help having the ability to airlift people in to search.”
Additionally, Dutton said he will have more volunteer reserve deputies at his disposal to aid in the efforts because of the weekend.
However, he is unsure of whether or not they will be able to locate Brownlow, even with the additional equipment.
“The probability of continuing into Sunday is very strong,” he said.
Brownlow had been living at a hotel in Helena for at least a month before he traveled to the Hunter’s Gulch area of the Helena National Forest.
He told no friends or family members of his plans, left all of his belongings and did not check out of his hotel room prior to leaving for the trip.
Saturday marks the 15th day since anyone has seen or heard from him.