The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue hiker at 11:13 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the area of Black Lead Mountain. Black Lead is located in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest northwest of Powell.
Andrew Schubauer, 40, Missoula, MT, was supposed to return home on Aug. 31 for work and he did not show up. Deputies and Back Country Medics responded to the area to search for Schubauer.
Back Country Medics Helicopter located Schubauer’s vehicle traveling on the road near Black Lead. Schubauer saw the helicopter circling him and stopped his vehicle.
Back Country Medics were able to identify Schubauer by a picture they had been provided and he gave them a thumbs up.
The Sheriff’s Office contacted Schubauer by telephone later in the day to confirm what had happened. The terrain proved more difficult than he had anticipated causing his delay in getting back to his vehicle.