Willow Creek remains identified as fisherman missing since last August

The remains found on Saturday on a sandbar in Willow Creek have been identified as those of Jerry Warner, 71, of Missouri.

Warner was reported missing on August 3rd of last year.

He had walked upstream of a campground near mile 71 of the Parks Highway to fish. At the time, it was reported that Warner did not have survival gear or a cell phone with him.   Rescuers searched for Jerry Warner for six days before calling off active efforts.

The search included dogs, ATVs, divers, and aircraft.   A grouse hunter found Warner’s remains last Saturday about half a mile downstream of the Parks Highway bridge over Willow Creek.

The State Medical Examiner positively identified Jerry Warner’s remains on Monday.