Crews searching for missing 70-year-old man picking huckleberries in Linn Co.

Jerry Walter Thomas (Photo released by Linn County Sheriff's Office)

Crews are searching for a missing 70-year-old man who was last known to be picking huckleberries in Linn County.

Jerry Walter Thomas of Prineville was reported missing at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday.

His friends said Thomas went to pick berries about a quarter mile from their camp in the Parish Lake area, but he did not return.

His friends said they had been searching for him since 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Members of Linn County Search and Rescue responded to the area and searched throughout the night, but Thomas was not located.

The search continued Thursday with additional resources from Benton County, including ground crews, ATVs and K-9 teams.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office reported that air support was possible to assist with the search Thursday.

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