PCSO and CCSO Work Together to Locate Missing Trail Riders


PUTNAM COUNTY, TN: On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at approximately 11 AM Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to a home on Mayland Rd in Crossville, TN to take a missing person’s report. A resident of the home had received a text stating, “Lost in woods” from one of three individuals who had left the residence to ride trails on Calfkiller Mountain on Monday, September 14th, on ATV’s.

CCSO contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) to assist with locating the missing individuals on Calfkiller Mountain, most of which is in Putnam County. PCSO Deputies, PCSO Air One helicopter, and the Putnam County Rescue Squad conducted a search Tuesday, with Air One locating two of the three missing persons and directing rescuers to that location. They were located around 2 PM on September 15.

The third individual was located today, September 16th at approximately 2:45 by THP helicopter, through coordinated and continuing search efforts throughout the area by PCSO Deputies, PCSO Air One helicopter, Putnam County Rescue Squad, and the THP.

Sheriff Farris said, “The use of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s helicopter has been invaluable in this particular incident. Without them, these individuals would likely have never been found in a timely manner.” Sheriff Farris also commended EMA Director, Tyler Smith and all of the Putnam County Rescue Squad for their dedication and efforts to this event.