Idaho County Sheriff's Office
Jacob L. Phillips, 24, of Kamiah was reported overdue coming home from work and was found days later approximately 150 feet from the roadway, 75 feet down in a ravine off Highway 162 near milepost 13 by the Idaho County Sheriff's Office.
On Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:15 p.m., Jacob L. Phillips, 24, of Kamiah was reported overdue coming home from work. Phillips left work in Grangeville around 2:15 p.m. and never made it home nor had he made contact with any of his family.
Family members drove various routes between his work and his residence in an attempt to locate him and his 1994 Honda Civic. They also attempted to contact him by cell phone but were unsuccessful. When they couldn't find him, they contacted the Idaho County Sheriff's Office for assistance.
Idaho County Dispatch requested information from Inland Cellular, Phillips' cell carrier and Idaho County deputies began searching various roadways and checking the residence.
On Saturday, Inland Cellular advised that Phillips' phone was pinging off the Kamiah tower but couldn't provide any additional information. Deputies and family continued looking for Phillips.
Early Sunday morning, Inland Cellular advised the signal was low and the phone should be within 5 miles of the tower possibly to the southwest. Deputies began focusing their search on this area and at 5:30 a.m., Deputy Sam AuGello located Phillips and his vehicle approximately 150 feet from the roadway, 75 feet down in a ravine off Highway 162 near milepost 13.
Deputy AuGello reported that Phillips was alert and appeared to be suffering from a broken leg. Phillips was extracted and the Kamiah Ambulance transported him to the landing zone where he was picked up by Life Flight and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Lewiston.
Lt. Doug Ulmer remarked that "Phillips didn't appear to have suffered life threatening injuries and it was very fortunate that we were able to locate him.”