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December 5, 2007, 11:45 a.m.      

Coordinated Search Effort for Missing Hunter in Bear Brook State Park Continues

CONCORD, N.H. - The search for missing hunter Russell Bussiere has continued since early this morning (December 5).  Bussiere, who is 70 years old, has been missing from a planned hunting excursion since Sunday (December 2).  A core group of approximately 100 individuals that are experienced and highly trained in winter operations are participating in today's ground search efforts.  No further volunteers are being requested at this time.

Although search teams remain hopeful, the extreme weather conditions throughout the past four days make it increasing unlikely that Mr. Bussiere has survived.  In addition to 15 coordinated search teams comprised of police, fire, National Guard and Civil Air Patrol personnel, an Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter continues to conduct an extensive aerial search of remote locations within Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown and Hooksett.

Today's efforts are again concentrating on gaps within a high-probability search area and expanding into adjacent locations of the Park.  Chief of Law Enforcement, Colonel Jeffrey Gray, reports that a large section of heavily wooded area has already been systematically covered by ground-searchers, dog teams and the Army National Guard helicopter.  

"Our search commanders and all of the participants in this incident are extremely frustrated and disappointed that we have been unable to locate Mr. Bussiere or find any clues as to his whereabouts," Gray stated.  "At this point, we are approaching the limitations of our search and rescue resources."

A decision regarding the extent and scope for continuation of the search mission will be made late this afternoon. 

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