Searchers found the body of Chad Hurtley after an extensive search in the Cline Buttes area east of Sisters on Monday.

Hurtley was reported missing on Sunday, September 1, after his horse was found on

Cline Falls Road. Hurtley had left his home near Cline Falls Road around 10:30 a.m. on horseback. He regularly rode from home into the Cline Buttes area for a few hours and then returned home.

Deputies assisted by SAR volunteers searched into the night. A LifeFlight Helicopter searched the area before dark, but did not locate Hurtley. Friends and family also searched the area. On Monday, at about 5:20 a.m., DCSO Search and Rescue Volunteers began responding to the Cline Buttes area covering several search assignments, including drone, K-9 teams, man tracking experts, ATV's, horse teams, ground search and further road searches.

A total of 47 DCSO SAR Volunteers responded, as well as six DCSO deputies. There were also several friends and family members of Hurtley who also assisted with the continued search.

At about 9:40 a.m., one of the DCSO SAR volunteer ground search teams located Hurtley's body on the west side of Cline Buttes, approximately 3/4 of the way up to the top of the butte.  

DCSO reports that his death was self inflicted.

Hurtley was well-known in Sisters from his rides horseback into town, often carrying the American flag.