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Mounted Police Assist in Search for Missing Man in Badlands


A search for a missing man in the Badlands has nearly been exhausted.

Members of the Bismarck Mounted Police are now helping in the search of 51-year-old Duncan James Templer of Hillsboro.

He was reported missing last Wednesday.

Templer informed a family member last week that he was going to take his own life deep in the Badlands, after receiving news that he had lung cancer.

The semi he was driving for work in oil country was found at a scenic overlook, around 20 miles south of Watford City.

The McKenzie County sheriff says they have used multiple agencies and resources to try and locate Duncan.

They have searched on foot, with dogs, on ATVs, and with the help of the North Dakota Highway Patrol's plane.

Duncan's family also searched by foot this past Saturday.

Wednesday, riders on horseback combed an area near where his vehicle was found and didn't find anything.

Their search was called off around four o'clock this afternoon.

The Mounted Police can go where other law enforcement agencies are simply not able to go.

Although they are a group of volunteers, they are vital to search and rescue missions.

These riders have a passion for horses and helping out their community.

After a week of exhausting all search efforts for a missing man in the Badlands, the cavalry gets called in.

"Everybody takes a lot of pride when we get called to help in cases like this, the majority of the mounted police members, that's what they signed up for.,." says George Schmaltz, Captain of the Bismarck Mounted Police.

Members of the Mounted Police travel out west from Bismarck to assist the McKenzie County sheriff with the search of a missing man, who is believed to be somewhere in the Badlands.

"Hopefully they will be able to cover more area than we were available to do with officers on foot." says John Fulwide, McKenzie County Sheriff.

Law enforcement has already searched on foot, with dogs, by ATVs and from the air.

"The Badlands is of course a very rough, rugged area, lot of areas a person can hide, it's my belief if somebody doesn't want to be found, they won't be found in the Badlands." says Fulwide.

"I think everybody knows, expect the worst but hope for the best." says Schmaltz.

Priscilla Sauer has been a member for 13 years.

She says although their horses can navigate the rough terrain they also have to be careful.

"You don't know what you're going to get into, not only if you find him, but there's wild animals out there, you have to watch your horses ears, watch their nose." says Sauer.

"Safety first, don't push a horse beyond limits, don't take any chances..." says Schmaltz.

With safety in mind, they take the risk, to try and find something to bring closure.

"We just all have a love of horse and community service and I know something like this is very difficult for the family that's lost a loved on and we'll do whatever we can to help out." says Capt. George Schmaltz, Bismarck Mounted Police, Captain for 9 years.

Once again, they did not find anything in the search which was called off after four o'clock this afternoon.

The sheriff says the riders and horses were exhausted from the heat.

He says they will re-evaluate the search situation after speaking with the missing person's family to see what else can be done.

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