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Missing 61 year old man
Kathy, via KTWS-FM Bend. Published: April 7, 2008

He's still missing. That's the word from Deschutes County Dispatch this morning regarding 61-year-old Louis Turner of Bend. Even though the active search for Louis Turner has stopped, Bend Police are still trying to determine his whereabouts. 

His daughter reported him missing Thursday afternoon. On Saturday, officials closed down Pilot Butte to conduct a search of Turner's favorite hiking spot.

Bend P.D.'s Lt. Ben Gregory describes Turner as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds.

He has reddish gray hair and a short, reddish gray beard, and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown coat and brown work boots. He is diabetic and needs his medication. If you see him, Please contact 9-1-1 as soon as you can.


Man finds visual treasures on his hikes
ED MOORHOUSE, via Burlington County Times. Published: March 31, 2008

MEDFORD LAKES — Albert Horner says he has caught glimpses of many stunning images during years of hiking through the Pinelands National Reserve. The Medford Lakes resident has recently taken to capturing those images in photographs. “(The Pinelands) doesn't have mountains or Whistlerhills and valleys, but if you look and wander through there, you'll find something,” Horner said. Horner is planning to showcase and sell his photographs May 4 during an exhibit at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance headquarters in Southampton. The exhibit, “Pinelands: A Visual Journey,” will include about 25 of his framed photos. Horner said he developed an interest in digital photography about three years ago. He took photographs of landscapes in the western United States and Scotland, but turned to the Pine Barrens for his true inspiration. “I got kind of discouraged because I was never satisfied with the stuff I was doing,” he said. “So, I went to a couple of (photography) workshops, and one guy told me to photograph what I know.

“I've been hiking it and riding through (the Pinelands) most of my life,” he said. “I like going there all different times of the year and all different times of the day. It's absolutely breathtaking almost every morning I'm out there.” Horner said he has photographed in locations from
Tabernacle to Toms River. He said he almost never returns to the same place for a photograph. “I'm always looking at that adventurous part of it,” he said. Horner develops his digital film and prints his images at a studio in his home. He is planning to officially launch his own Web site, pinelands-imagery.com, in conjunction with his exhibit in May.
He is a sales representative for a sporting goods company now, but with retirement not far off, Horner said he plans to dedicate even more time to the art — and find new treasures in the Pine Barrens. “I have a compass in my car,” he said, “so I can always tell where the sun's going to rise and set for my next photograph.”


Missing Hiker's body found near Whistler
Neal Hall, via Vancouver Sun Published: March 24, 2008

WHISTLER — The body of a 30-year-old hiker was found this morning near Whistler after he was reported missing last night by other Whistlermembers of his hiking party.
Whistler RCMP Const. Afzeel Yakub said the man, whose name has not been released, was hiking with a six-person group and became separated.
The group were out on a two-day hike and were on their way back. Once at the trail-head, the group realized that the 30-year-old man was missing and after waiting for about two hours, the group called Whistler RCMP about 6 p.m. last night.
He was found dead at 10:20 a.m. in the area of Rubble Creek, about one kilometer up a trial in Garibaldi Provincial Park, which is 19 kilometers south of Whistler.
It is believed the man may have tried to cross Rubble Creek and was swept away by the rushing water.
 
There are five main trails in the park, which features Black Tusk, a number of glaciers and Garibaldi Lake.
Meanwhile, a ground and air search is continuing for a 25-year-old female Japanese snowboarder who was last seen Thursday at 11:30 a.m. on the Seventh Heaven Chairlift on Blackcomb Mountain.
Ai Ito, a Japanese student studying English, was headed on a solo run. She wasn't reported missing until three days later.
Her school was closed for the Good Friday holiday and her home-stay family thought nothing was unusual because Ito sometimes stayed overnight with friends.
She wasn't reported missing until Sunday, when an immediate search was launched.
It was about 5 feet tall, slim, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white snowboarding jacket, teal colored snowboard pants and possibly a green toque.
Whistler RCMP along with Helicopters and Search and Rescue launched an immediate search party to locate Ito and will continue with their efforts until she is found.
Anyone with any information about her disappearance is asked to contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044.
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