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While Search for Brownlow Continues Forest Rangers Give Hiking Tips

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The search for Dale Brownlow, the hiker that went missing in Lewis and Clark County has been unsuccessful. With no where to turn, officers are now looking into his life for more information and forest rangers are urging hikers to be careful. We go to ABC Montana's Joe Moeller for more.

The search continues for the missing Colorado Hiker, Dale Brownlow, who was last seen two weeks ago in the Helena National Forest, before temperatures dipped well below zero and snow storms had passed through the area. The Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs Department held two search and rescue efforts on December 12th and 14th and unfortunately came up unsuccessful.

"We were able to fly, but up high there is probably two feet of snow leaving very little trace if you had an accident and you fell that we were going to see you under that snow, we didn't see any signs of human activity." said Sheriff Leo Dutton from Lewis and Clark County.

Officials haven't given up on Brownlow and now are looking at the behavioral analysis part of the search.

"Who is he, why did he come to Montana, more specifically why did he come to Lewis and Clark County, where did he get his money, are there any suspicious circumstances involved in his disappearance, does he have insurance policy, we are going to look into all of that." continued Dutton.

Now as the search for Brownlow leaves the forest and turns to papers, forest rangers want to remind any hikers to look for any abnormal signs and to remember a few safety tips while hiking this winter.

"Weather conditions change very quickly and what we experience here in the valley and in Helena proper going up just halfway up a mountain it might be full fledged winter." said Katherine Bushnell from the Helena National Forest.

As we get closer and closer to the coldest months of the year, the Helena National Forest want hikers to be sure they know what they are going into.

"We would ask people to be prepared for a couple of days in case they get stuck, take extra clothes, definitely take water I would say, a lot of people forget they can still get dehydrated if they are even going on a day hike." added Bushnell.

Rangers want hikers to know if they spot anything abnormal in the Helena National Forest, especially the Hunters Gulch area, and to report it to the sheriffs department. As for Brownlows search in the forest they expect to continue after winter.

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