Search for missing Livingston man turns to the mountains

2013-06-19T12:09:00Z 2013-07-08T14:43:05Z Search for missing Livingston man turns to the mountainsBy ROB ROGERS rrogers@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The search for a missing Livingston man has become a full search-and-rescue operation in the mountains south of town. 

Brad Spalding, 27, was last seen at a gas station in Livingston late Wednesday night, his brother Shawn said Tuesday.

His disappearance was initially reported to the Livingston Police Department, said assistant chief Dale Johnson. 

However, Park County deputies and a Forest Service officer found Spalding’s car, a red Honda Fit, at the George Lake Trailhead on Monday after receiving a tip, according to a Park County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Johnson said the discovery of the car shifted the investigation into the county's jurisdiction and initiated the search. The Park County Rural Fire Department, Livingston Fire and Rescue, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the National Park Service have been involved in the search.

About 40 people in all were involved in the search Tuesday, including volunteers and crews from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and search-and-rescue team, Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office and search-and-rescue team and the Civil Air Patrol, according to the news release.

A helicopter and four search dog teams from Absaroka Search Dogs and Western Montana Search Dogs have also been involved.

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