The search in Beaverhead County for a missing 56-year-old man entered its fifth day Wednesday as “several dozen” searchers attempted to locate the man, who was last seen Thursday, authorities said.
The family of Calvin Charles Zimdars, who lived alone in the Sugarloaf Mountain Road area near Glen, about 22 miles north of Dillon, reported him missing Friday.
The sheriff’s office said there are some indications Zimdars might have felt despondent about the circumstances of recent events in his life, which authorities did not disclose.
Sheriff Frank Kluesner said Wednesday that Zimdars had turned his horse out so it could graze on its own and not rely on feed — an action he said was one indication Zimdars did not expect to return home.
Searchers believe Zimdars left his home on foot because both his vehicles were at his residence.
Kluesner said searchers have fanned out across many square miles, searching areas that ranged from sagebrush to steeply timbered and rocky terrain. He said participants included K-9 teams, as well as searchers on foot, horseback and ATVs.
He said Zimdars’ adult children and a former spouse have assisted the search effort.
A comprehensive missing person flyer provided by the family is available at the Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and also with this story at www.mtstandard.com. The flyer includes recent photographs of Zimdars.
The poster says Zimdars is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds and has black and gray hair. He was last seen wearing Western apparel, including a belt with a large belt buckle and Wrangler jeans.
The sheriff’s office said Zimdars might have hiked into the hills around his home. He was said to be familiar with that terrain and with the area of the Grasshopper Valley.
The Search and Rescue command post is on Sugarloaf Mountain Road. People entering the area or offering to assist in the search are asked to check in first at the command post.
Anyone with information or questions about the search are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 406-683-3700.