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Man missing for more than a week found OK, Montana

Jul 19, 2013 - From staff reports

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office has located 75-year-old Roger Pierce of rural Riverton after a search of more than a week.

"Mr. Pierce was located late last night in Yellowstone County, Montana and is fine," said Fremont County undersheriff Ryan Lee in a statement on Saturday.

On Friday the sheriff's office issued a public announcement and appeal for help in locating Pierce.

Officials said the man had been missing since Friday, July 12, when he was last seen at his home on Tunnel Hill Road.

"Mr. Pierce has been missing for seven days as of this afternoon," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said in a Friday press release.

He said authorities were contacted on Wednesday and be-gan an investigation into Pierce's whereabouts on Thursday.

"After contacting numerous family and friends of Mr. Pierce, the Sheriff's Office has concluded that (he) is a missing person at this time," Lee said.

On Friday, officials searched several parts of the southern portion of Fremont County via airplane, including the Bison Basin area, but not sign of Pierce could be seen.

Lee said Pierce is known to frequent small, rural towns and local ranches in the county.

"The sheriff's office has been working with Mr. Pierce's family; they have provided areas to search," Lee said. "An additional flight will take place around the Oregon Buttes area, (and) after that we do not have any definitive places to search in Fremont County."

Lee said the department was aware that Pierce may have left Fremont County, which he did.

"There is a possibility that Mr. Pierce was attempting to travel from Riverton to Evanston ... to visit family," Lee wrote in the press release. "However this is only speculation."

"At this time we are asking anyone who may have seen Mr. Pierce or his vehicle in the last week to contact the Sheriff's office," Lee said.

It wasn't clear whether public assistance aided in locating Pierce in Montana.

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