Missing Rosebud County man found alive

2013-09-09T08:00:00Z 2013-09-09T08:05:47Z Missing Rosebud County man found aliveBillings Gazette Staff missoulian.com
September 09, 2013 8:00 am  • 

Search and rescue crews in Rosebud County found on Sunday afternoon a 62-year-old man who’d been missing since Friday afternoon.

Sheriff Randy Allies said searchers found 62-year-old Tom Reopelle injured but alive shortly after noon.

The HELP Flight Helicopter then flew Reopelle to Billings to be treated, Allies said.

Reopelle, who lives north of Ashland, went missing about 3:30 p.m. on Friday in the area of the Ball ranch on the Tongue River Road.

He was riding a motorcycle north on the Ball ranch to scout for elk when he crashed it on Friday and couldn’t get to help, Allies said.

The sheriff and a group of other people searched all day Saturday for Reopelle, but were unable to locate him.

About 35 people helped in the search and found Reopelle about four hours after resuming their efforts on Sunday morning.

“He was conscious and alert but he had some medical issues or injuries that needed attention,” Allies said.

He credited the numerous volunteers and groups for their efforts, including HELP Flight, Billings Flying Service, the Civil Air Rescue, Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Rosebud County Search and Rescue, Jay Nance, Trent Thompson, a handful of Lame Deer residents and his own deputies.

“There were a lot of volunteers that were there,” he said. “Thanks to all of them and if I forgot anybody, thanks to them, too.”

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