This is a minor update-Gary has still NOT been found.
As of the last hour, this is what we have from his FD. 4 two man crews were dropped in areas of last phone pinging, or last known areas he was. They are Trackers and are searching out and tracking his boots/hiking. They are doing their best to keep people out so that non-trackers aren’t messing up his boot prints. DPS Rangers are overhead and Civil Air Control are being added. There are also mule teams being put together. They are working on adding another tower to work all communications off of. Once a full IC post is established and an information number is up and running, we will share that. For now the info center is at the Sheriffs office in Payson.
After today’s searches are completed, if it is still needed, a call out for volunteer hikers and search parties will be put out. At that point, his FD will provide a phone number where you can call in and get your name on the list.
For all that are asking, Chief Morris’ wife is resting. She’s eating and has someone with her. Staff at his FD are in constant contact with her, and her main concern is keeping her lines open waiting to hear from him. They will reach out to everyone when they hear some word from him. The search is underway. Experts from Gila County are handling the search. As things unfold, we’ll pass everything we know. Pine-Strawberry fire and Ginger, his wife, thank all of you for reaching out. They know he is loved. Just keep them both in your prayers.
…our prayers continue.