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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Press Release – Search Suspended for Lost Hiker

Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue are suspending the search for the lost hiker, Fern L. Baird.

The decision was made after one last major search was conducted on Friday, October 30, 2020. BCSAR airlifted seven K9 teams into the search area, ranging from 7,100 – 9,200 feet, along with teams of ground searchers, with no results. Fern Baird

Unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, Fern has not been found. “This is not the outcome that we were hoping for, but after ten days of searching, we have exhausted our resources,” said Blaine County Sheriff Steve Harkins. "We will continue to investigate any leads we gather."

Baird, age 62 of Park City, Utah, signed in at the Prairie Creek Trailhead, north of Ketchum, Idaho on Monday, October 19, 2020. Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue members (BCSAR) and BCSO deputies began a search for Baird on Thursday afternoon, October 22, 2020, after being notified she was missing. 

If anyone saw Baird or has any information about her, please contact BCSO Lt. Mike Abaid at (208)578-3371 or Baird’s family is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to her return. Fern Baird is 5’5” tall and weighs 115 lbs. Baird was last seen wearing a grey jacket, black pants, and carrying a black fanny pack.Fern L Baird

Sheriff Harkins wishes to thank everyone involved for their efforts to find Fern Baird. "The dedication of Search and Rescue members and volunteers who searched for Fern has been incredible," said Harkins.

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Posted: 11:30 a.m. on November 2, 2020

CONTACT:    Holly Carter – Blaine County Sheriff’s Office (208) 788-5536         End.### 

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