OROVILLE, Wash. — A Yakima man who had been missing for a week was found dead Saturday after apparently suffering from a medical problem about a mile from his Oroville-area vacation cabin, authorities said.
Okanogan County Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Brown said it appeared that Braden Gere, 58, had dragged himself to a large rock outcropping for shelter, where he died. “He had his hunting rifle, a pistol and a blanket. It appeared he was trying to keep himself warm,” he said.
Brown said Gere had no gunshot wounds, and foul play is not suspected.
A friend initially reported him missing on Oct. 16 after arriving at the cabin to discover Gere was missing, but his vehicle and belongings were at the cabin, including his medications.
Volunteers from Okanogan County Search & Rescue were joined by members of Gere’s family last week, searching the countryside around his cabin on Teal Lake Road between Oroville and Chesaw.