On March 16, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from Victor Self of Oklahoma City, Okla. Self stated that his 19-year-old son, Dustin Rollin Self, had called him and stated that his GPS had guided him to the Fields-Denio Road in southern Harney County and that he was lost. Self asked for assistance finding his son.
Search on site
Vehicle found on Steens Mountain
Dustin had left Oklahoma and was enroute to the Klamath Falls -Ashland area to join a church, The Church of the Holy Light of the Queen, after a break-up with his girlfriend.
An investigation found that Dustin had made contact with the Fields Store, and that a customer had given him directions to Lakeview. A search was made by the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of Bureau of Land Management employees, with negative results.
Dustin’s family then had a missing person report filed and entered into the National Crime Information Computer system.
On April 15, a report was made to the Harney County Sheriff’s Office that a vehicle registered to Dustin Self was found on the Stone House Road at the north end of Steens Mountain by local area ranchers. The vehicle was located approximately two-and-one-half miles west of the Fields Denio Road, and had slid off the roadway. This location is 35 miles north of the area first searched.
Harney County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue responded to the scene and conducted a search for Dustin with negative results. The search was hampered by severe storm conditions, high winds, and deep snow drifts in the area. An air search is planned when the high winds in the area subside. The area where the vehicle was found is described as very rough wilderness.
On Thursday, April 18, Sheriff Dave Glerup advised a local rancher searched the area in a helicopter with negative results as deputies continued with a ground search. As soon as weather permits, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office will launch a couple planes to help with the search for Dustin Self.