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Body of Lester Hyder located by a hiker in the southeast Bend area

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - Lester HyderThe body of a man who went missing in the Central Oregon area in mid-December was located late Monday morning southeast of Bend.

At 11:57 a.m., the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office received a report of a hiker in the area of Bessie Butte, who had located the body of deceased male. The body was located approximately 100 yards east of USFS Road 1810 and approximately a half mile south of China Hat Road. Deputies, detectives and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office responded to the location of the body. The remains were positively identified as 69-year-old Lester Hyder, whose brother Roy Hyder is a Prineville resident. Hyder had been traveling from Texas to Prineville and had last been seen alive on Dec. 13, in the area of Tekampe Road in southeast Bend. His pick-up was later located approximately 1.5 miles northeast of where his body was eventually located. No evidence of foul play was discovered and it appears Hyder succumbed due the elements after he walked away from his vehicle that had become stuck in the snow. Hyder traveled on foot in a snowstorm that would eventually result in 2-3 feet of snow. The search for Hyder logged over 1200 hours, and involved such agencies as DCSO SAR, volunteers and personnel from the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (Camp Sherman Hasty Team), and Pacific Northwest SAR. Air assets from the Oregon National Guard, the Oregon State Police and AirLink were also used in the search. Lester Hyder's next of kin have been notified.

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