Search under way for missing Milton-Freewater skier

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UNION COUNTY, Ore. -- Search and rescue teams from Union County, Umatilla County and Wallowa County continued searching for a Milton-Freewater area man reported missing on a ski trip Monday night.

Kent Bigler, 59, was reported missing by his wife at nearly midnight, Monday, after failing to turn up after a day of skiing in the Spout Springs area.

"He was in the Looking Glass area, and that's pretty rugged," said Umatilla County Sheriff John Trumbo.

Bigler attempted to call his wife at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Umatilla County Dispatch incident blotter information. The call reportedly failed.

Union County officials requested aid in the search for Bigler at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. Trumbo said Bigler is an experienced skier and outdoorsman.

"I'm sure he'll be dressed for the conditions," Trumbo said.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at lukehegdal@wwub.com or 526-8326.

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