Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Gray Was reported missing while hunting in Idaho County. Retired State Police Captain Ronald Gray said goodbye to two hunting buddies, shouldered a 100-pound backpack, and disappeared into the Idaho woods. The experienced outdoorsman from North Brookfield, who survived two tours in Vietnam, was supposed to return to their base camp by Sept. 23. He never showed. Gray had a GPS unit, a solar-powered radio, warm clothing, and enough food and water to last more than a week. A day later, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho Army National Guard sent teams on horseback and helicopter to search the Nez Perce National Forest, a rugged mountain area spanning about 8,500 square miles. They have yet to find a trace of Gray.
He fell on a rock the day before he ventured off on his own to hunt for elk and deer. His knee was so swollen he skipped hunting for the day and soaked his knee in a cold stream.
Gray spent 26 years working for the state, first as an officer with the Metropolitan District Commission and then as a trooper with the State Police, after the agencies merged in 1992.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Idaho County Sheriff's Office
Idaho Missing Persons Clearinghouse