Missing Roseburg man found alive on Sunday

Harry Burleigh

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Harry Burleigh, 69, was found by search and rescue crews.

Posted: May 23, 2021 9:46 PM
Updated: May 24, 2021 7:15 AM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A missing Roseburg man was found alive on Sunday after spending 17 nights in the the wilderness, officials said.

Douglas County Search and Rescue conducted a mission in the area of Calf Creek after Harry Burleigh's fishing gear was found last weekend.

Additional search and rescue crews were called in from Jackson, Lake and Siskiyou Counties.

At about 3 p.m. Sunday, crews found a shelter southwest of the original shelter found last weekend. They called out to Burleigh and he responded. 

Burleigh, 69, was reportedly found to be walking and complaining of minor pain, but was in stable condition. 

A helicopter was used to hoist Burleigh from his location and transport him to a waiting Lifeflight helicopter. From there, Burleigh was reportedly taken to a hospital for evaluation.

"This was the outcome we all have been looking for in this case. It is because of our determined Search and Rescue Teams and the partnerships we have with other SAR teams from around the state, that Mr. Burleigh has been re-united with his family this evening," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. "The Sheriff's Office wants to thank everyone who was involved in this mission."

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