Coconino County Sheriff's Office asks public for help finding hiker

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Bill Ott, 65, was taken to the Hualapai Indian Reservation on April 5. He planned to hike until about April 28, but has yet to return. By Andrew Michalscheck Bill Ott, 65, was taken to the Hualapai Indian Reservation on April 5. He planned to hike until about April 28, but has yet to return. By Andrew Michalscheck

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in their search for missing hiker Bill Ott.

Ott, 65, was taken to the Hualapai Indian Reservation on April 5. He planned to hike until about April 28, but has yet to return.

Ott, who was first reported missing on May 6, is described by family members as an experienced hiker. He was stocked with ample provisions for his hike, and is said to have been in possession of a GPS unit.

Ott is a white male, weighing 180 pounds and standing 6 feet tall. He has brown hair and blue eyes and is in possession of a gray backpack with a black top and blue trim.

While the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance, they are asking people to refrain from visiting the search area.

Anyone with any information is being asked to call the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at 928-774-4523 or 1-800-383-7888.