Col. Jeffrey Gray: (603) 271-3128
NHFG Dispatch: (603) 271-3361
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211 or (603) 271-5619
December 3, 2007
No Sign of Lost Hunter - Volunteers Needed to Search on December 4
CONCORD, N.H. -- As daylight faded on Monday, searchers had not found any evidence of lost hunter, Russell H. Bussiere of Hooksett, age 70, who has been missing in Allenstown , N.H., since Sunday. New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers are asking for volunteers to aid in an expanded search effort tomorrow (Tuesday, December 4, 2007).
Volunteers who can help with the search effort should meet at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4, at Bear Brook State Park; the meeting place is the first snowmobile parking lot located on Deerfield Road, a short distance from the main park entrance off Route 28 in Allenstown. Look for signs to the staging area. Volunteers should dress for walking through snow in the woods all day and be equipped with waterproof boots, rain gear, food, water and a headlamp or flashlight. Volunteers will not work alone; they will be teamed up and taken by bus to search areas.
"We did not find any clues to his whereabouts today, but we remain optimistic," said Major Tim Acerno of N.H Fish and Game Law Enforcement. "Bussiere was dressed for the weather, in wool clothing, and he has matches. He is an experienced hunter who knows the area. Hopefully he has found shelter for the night."
Today, (December 3, 2007) 100 searchers covered about half of the focus area of 7 square miles. Tomorrow, the search will work outward from the high-probability areas near where Bussiere was last thought to be located. Today's effort included N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers, Allenstown police and fire crew, Hooksett fire personnel, New England Canine Search and Rescue, and an Emergency Management command post and technician from the N.H. Department of Safety,.
Bussiere was last heard from when he communicated with his son by radio at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday while hunting off Dodge Road in Allenstown. He had planned to hunt until about noon, and was reported missing by his family at 2 p.m.
Bussiere has grey hair and is 5 foot, 4 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, green wool pants and an orange or red wool hat.
No further information is available at this time.
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