Deschutes County Search and Rescue crews have found the body of Chad Hurtley, the Redmond man who went missing during a horseback ride Sunday near Cline Buttes.
Authorities say he took his own life.
His body was found on the west side of Cline Buttes, approximately 3/4 of the way up to the top of the butte according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Crews started looking for Huntley Sunday night after someone found a horse on Cline Falls Road about 4:45 p.m. Upon further investigation, it was determined the horse belonged to Hurtley. A press release said Hurtley left his home on horseback near Cline Falls Road around 10:30 Sunday morning.
Deputies assisted by SAR volunteers searched into the night Sunday. A LifeFlight Helicopter searched the area before dark, but did not locate Hurtley. Friends and family also searched the area. Crews returned Monday morning – including ground searchers, horse teams, drones, trackers and search dogs. His body was found about 9:40 a.m.