Search for missing SD elk hunter continues in the Black Hills

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The search for a South Dakota hunter continues after the 66-year-old male went missing Tuesday in the Black Hills near Deerfield Lake.

According to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Larry Genzlinger, of Howard, was elk hunting with his nephew near Six Mile Road and Ditch Creek Road around 2 p.m. when the hunter went missing.

According to Helene Duhamel, public information officer with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Genzlinger’s nephew contacted authorities roughly five hours later at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after Genzlinger didn’t arrive to the area he was to meet his nephew.

The Pennington County Search and Rescue and several other agencies worked through the night until 4 a.m. Wednesday. The search resumed at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, but fog and rain have not allowed for aerial support in this search, according to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

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, Weston County Search and Rescue.

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Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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