Members of Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop O are en route to Mayes County with a helicopter and plane to assist in the search of a missing man, the agency said Tuesday.
The OHP issued a Silver Alert for Wesley Still Smoking, 75, on Oct. 17 after he was reported missing from McLoud.
On Monday, the Mayes County Sheriff’s Department was advised that Still Smoking was captured on a trail camera in their county on Oct. 12. Mayes County officials have conducted a thorough ground and air search in the area but have been unable to find Still Smoking, the OHP said.
DPS Commissioner Rusty Rhoades heard the family’s plea for help and decided to use OHP resources to assist, the agency said.
The OHP will be using a Cessna 182 Skylane and a Bell OH-58 Kiowa Helicopter equipped with a FLIR (forward-looking infrared) imaging system. Both aircraft are operated by OHP pilots based out of Grove.
Pilots will fly routes between McLoud, in Pottawatomie County, and Mayes County to search for any signs of Still Smoking.