Col. Jeffrey Gray: (603) 271-3128
NHFG Dispatch: (603) 271-3361
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211 or 271-5619
December 6, 2007       

Coordinated Search for Missing Hunter Concludes

CONCORD, N.H. - A major, five-day search effort for missing hunter Russell Bussiere will come to a close at the end of the day (December 6), according to New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Chief of Law Enforcement, Colonel Jeff Gray.

"We're at the point where we have reached the limits of our search and rescue resources," said Gray.  "Unfortunately, the length of time and extreme weather conditions over the past four days lead us to believe that it is unlikely Mr. Bussiere has survived."

While the coordinated search is over, a limited, intermittent search effort by Fish and Game Conservation Officers and dog search teams may continue over the weekend, and any clues that develop will be thoroughly investigated and properly followed up upon, Gray said.

During the week, hundreds of searchers have been involved in the effort to find Bussiere, including New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers, state, local and county police and fire personnel, the Army National Guard Civil Air Patrol, New England K-9 Search and Rescue, Upper Valley Search and Rescue and numerous other trained search and rescue personnel and volunteers.

The search, which began on Sunday, December 2, focused on a 10 square mile high-probability zone and adjacent areas within Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown and Hooksett. The effort included coordinated ground search teams, air-scenting search dog teams and aerial searching by an Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter.

Pending new developments, no further press statements are anticipated regarding this mission. 

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