Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports on October 23, 2017, at 6:28 p.m., Central Lane 911 transferred a missing person call to the Linn County 911 dispatch center. Lyle Aaron Ottlinger, 27, from Redmond was reported missing at Olallie Creek Road, near Highway 126.
Ottlinger and his friend Edward Wilfred Mascarenas, 30, of Redmond, were driving on Olallie Creek Road, approximately three- quarters of a mile from Highway 126. Edward drove his vehicle off of the side of the gravel roadway and became stuck. Both Ottlinger and Mascarenas walked to Highway 126 to get help. As it was getting dark, Mascarenas sent Ottlinger back to the car to get flashlights and he did not return.
At 7:32 p.m., Linn County Search and Rescue responded to the location and traveled the road system looking for Ottlinger. At 1:38 a.m., Search and Rescue members heard someone yelling and Ottlinger was located approximately four miles up Olallie Creek Road. A tow truck arrived and removed the vehicle.
Ottlinger was cold, but uninjured and transported to Sisters. Alcohol was believed to be a factor.