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'It appears to just be a tragic accident': Baker County sheriff finds missing Oregon hunter dead

Investigators say they believe the 60-year-old died after a severe snowstorm came through the area that he was hunting in.

BAKER COUNTY, OREGON, Ore. — Eight days after going missing, a 60-year-old Oregon hunter has been found dead by search and rescue crews in the eastern Oregon wilderness.

The Baker County Sheriff's Office, who led the search, told KTVB Sunday evening that Andy Dennis was found dead near the Curtis Creek drainage on Sunday afternoon.

"A waterfall and crevice-like terrain is where he was located," Baker County Sheriff Travis Ash said.

Investigators say they believe that Dennis died around 11 a.m. Sept. 28, when a snowstorm came through the area, blanketing the area that he was hunting in.

"All appearances right now it appears to just be a tragic accident," Ash said.

On Saturday at about 5:45 p.m., the sheriff's office found Dennis' dog, Barney, in the woods. 

"There were some live traps set out with some dog food in them and it attracted the dog within about 20 minutes of setting the trap out," Ash explained.

The area that Dennis was hunting in is about an hour and a half drive from Baker City and is a remote and mountainous part of the region.

Ground crews, helicopters, and drones were all apart of the search effort.

Officials are still determining the official cause of death.

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