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Authorities locate overdue hunter uninjured

Sat., Nov. 19, 2011, 5:08 p.m.

An overdue Kootenai County hunter was located uninjured today.

Michael E. Horrocks, 65, of Post Falls, was hunting in the Coeur d’Alene River area, according to a Kootenai County news release. He was driving up to the Laverne Saddle area when his vehicle got stuck in more than two feet of snow. He was dressed and prepared for winter conditions and slept in his vehicle overnight.

He was reported missing about midnight Friday, the news release said. At 9 a.m., the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, officers from the U.S. Forest Service, and other area search and rescue units launched a search.

At 12 p.m., Horrocks was located walking down a forest service road. He did not need any medical assistance.

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department officials remind those participating in outdoor recreation to provide family or friends with detailed information on where they will be traveling in the backcountry and when they intend to return home. They also recommend anyone going into the backcountry take extra food, water, warm clothing, a flashlight and first aid supplies.

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