Lewis & Clark County

Sep 20, 2011 9:05 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)

Lewis & Clark County search team: no sign of Pippin, but ill hiker rescued

A Lewis & Clark County search party returned from a two-day trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness late Tuesday afternoon, but not empty-handed.

The search and rescue crew was looking for the remains of missing soldier Noah Pippin, but they ended up bringing home two hikers.

The father and son team were part of a larger group of hikers from Michigan.

Kevin Latshaw, 22, was taken to St. Peter's Hospital immediately upon landing.

Rescuers prevented Latshaw from going into diabetic shock by giving him a flight to Helena.

Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton explained, "We did find some evidence, but more importantly we have an individual that is having a medical emergency that would've been or could've been disastrous had we not been there. So a possibility that a young man may have perished, but in doing so we may have saved another young man."

Search parties were combing an area in the wilderness known as the Chinese Wall where Pippin was reportedly headed one year ago.

Inclement weather produced about two inches of snow which hampered efforts to find a trail, clothing, or other clues that Pippin may have left behind.

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