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December 4, 2007, 5:00 p.m       

Search for Missing Hunter Ongoing
     
CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is advising that the search for missing hunter, Russell Bussiere of Hooksett, will continue tomorrow (December 5) utilizing search personnel trained in cold weather operations. 

Severe weather conditions and difficult terrain, in combination with the remote location of the Allenstown search area, have served to hamper the search and rescue operation.  Despite these obstacles, a large section of woods in the area where Bussiere was last thought to be hunting has been systematically combed by well over 200 search personnel. 

Fish and Game will resume the search for Mr. Bussiere early Wednesday morning (December 5), utilizing experienced search teams that include Conservation Officers; members of professional search organizations; and police, fire and military personnel trained in cold-weather operations.

"Search crews remain optimistic that they will be successful in locating Mr. Bussiere, but rough terrain and adverse weather conditions have proven challenging to many of the volunteer searchers who have responded to help," said Col. Jeffrey Gray, Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief.  "The large number of calls from individuals volunteering to participate in the search or donate food and beverages for search personnel has been very impressive and much appreciated."

During the past three days, the extensive search coordinated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has covered numerous high-probability locations within a 10-square-mile area of Bear Brook State Park.  The search mission has continued on a non-stop basis since Sunday December 2, but neither Bussiere nor any clues leading to his whereabouts have yet been discovered. 

Search and Rescue resources employed in this massive effort have included ground searchers, a N.H. Army National Guard helicopter and specialized K-9 dog teams.  Search personnel have included Fish and Game Conservation Officers, state, county and local Law Enforcement Officers, as well as area fire department personnel and hundreds of volunteers.  Over 250 search personnel and volunteers participated in today's efforts.

No further information is available at this time.

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