UPDATE: Authorities resume search for missing South Dakota hunter

Courtesy of KOTA

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for a hunter who has been missing for nearly a week in western South Dakota.

A Pennington County sheriff's spokeswoman says search and rescue workers resumed looking for 66-year-old Larry Genzlinger on Monday after taking Sunday off and searching through snow on Saturday.

She said authorities hope to find Genzlinger before more snow arrives.

Genzlinger, who is from Howard, was last seen on the afternoon of Oct. 1. He and his nephew separated to hunt for elk near Deerfield Lake, but Genzlinger never returned to their meeting spot.

Authorities say Genzlinger is diabetic and likely has been without food and insulin.


Numerous agencies are now searching for a missing and endangered hunter near Deerfield Lake.

Larry Genzlinger, 66, from Howard, was last seen on Tuesday at 2 p.m. He was elk hunting with his nephew in the area of Six Mile Road and Ditch Creek Road. Family contacted law enforcement about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Pennington County Search and Rescue and a number of other agencies worked through the night until 4 a.m. Wednesday. The search resumed again at 7:30 a.m. Fog and rain have not allowed for aerial support in this search.

Genzlinger is described as a caucasian male, 5 foot 9 inches, 250 pounds, brown eyes with gray hair and gray beard. He was wearing a camouflage jacket and pants and a black Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation baseball cap. Genzlinger has congestive heart failure as well as diabetes. He has been without food or insulin for more than 24 hours.

Agencies involved in the search include the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Pennington County Search and Rescue, Custer County Search and Rescue, Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department, Rochford Volunteer Fire Department, Civil Air Patrol, New Underwood Volunteer Fire Department, Silver City Volunteer Fire Department, Johnson Siding Volunteer Fire Department, Black Hawk Volunteer Fire Department, Piedmont Volunteer Fire Department, Western County Search and Rescue.