The Treasure County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a 26-year-old Luke Herring of Wisconsin, believed to have been swept away by the Yellowstone River earlier this week while he was herding cattle.
They have plenty of obstacles to overcome including fast waters and thick brush. Another obstacle includes the presence of hunters and fishermen, despite a ban being in place in the search area.
On Saturday, they ran into fishermen which threw off the scent for ten rescue dogs searching the banks. However, search organizers tell us that the issue has been fixed.
Herring was reported missing at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday when he failed to return to the ranch that he is employed at, Treasure County Sheriff Wayne Robinson told us.
Herring’s horse was found dead in the river Tuesday night about a quarter-mile downstream from the river crossing that Herring would have used.
Search and rescue teams from Treasure, Stillwater and Rosebud counties, along with officials from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks are conducting the search. Ground crews are using search dogs, boats, and jet skis to search the river, while planes are being used to search from above.
The search area spans 14 miles along the Yellowstone River from Big Horn to Hysham and in an effort to help the dogs pick up the scent, authorities have closed the area to hunting and fishing.
The victim’s family from Wisconsin, along with his girlfriend’s family, are in Montana helping with the search.