Search for missing man suspended

A two-week search in Stillwater County for a missing Billings man has been suspended.

Stillwater County Sheriff's Deputy Cole Waltner said the field search for Robin Gary Smith was suspended at noon Monday. Waltner is continuing to investigate Smith's disappearance.

Smith, 34, was reported missing Sept. 2, when his unoccupied car was found in Pine Grove Campground where it had been parked for several days. Smith had recently lost his job, and his family was concerned about not hearing from him, Sheriff's officials said.

Waltner said the field search has been expansive with six dog teams from Absaroka Search Dogs and Western Montana Search Dogs that joined seven teams of searchers from the Stillwater and Sweetgrass counties search and rescue groups. They covered the areas around the Mystic Lake Trail and Frozen to Death Plateau, Waltner said.

"We covered thousands of acres," Waltner said. "We covered 400 acres alone yesterday (Sunday). We were putting all our resources into this and dealing with really steep terrain; rock slides; heavy, heavy downfall; cliffs and river crossings."

Smith is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. Smith recently shaved his blond hair and has blue eyes.

Anyone with information about him is asked to call the Stillwater Sheriff's Office at 322-5326.

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