Tahoe Daily Tribune
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Tahoe Daily Tribune
INCLINE VILLAGE — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has suspended its search for a Reno hiker, saying it’s unlikely he’s still alive after four days in the heavy snow and bitter cold.
The announcement was made late Wednesday after a 76-hour search by regional rescue crews.
Rick Gentry, 55, of Reno, was hiking Sunday near the Galena Creek Trail; he phoned law enforcement around 5 p.m., officials said, saying he was lost and not dressed for the extreme cold. He was last seen Sunday afternoon in a red windbreaker and blue jeans.
The sheriff’s office led a search last Sunday night, all day Monday and Tuesday. On Monday evening, rescue workers located a snowshoe, a fanny pack and a black glove believed to have belonged to Gentry; the discarded equipment was a symptom that Gentry was suffering from hypothermia, said WCSO spokesman Armando Avina.
After temporarily suspending rescue efforts on Tuesday night due to inclement weather, visibility problems and potential avalanche danger, rescue workers resumed search operations at 5 a.m. Wednesday.
“The sheriff’s office is in the process of planning recovery search operations based on the availability of resources and weather conditions (that) are conducive to safe search operations,” officials said in a press release.