PIEDMONT, Okla.- It’s one of the most wild and remote areas in Oregon, The Steens Mountains span over 170,000 acres.
Last spring, a Piedmont teen, Dustin Self, made the harsh terrain of the mountains the destination for his survival mission.
Reports state he was testing himself against the conditions of the wild.
But something went terribly wrong.
An Oregon police report states:
“On October 7, 2014 human remains were found on the north end of Steens Mountain in Harney
County, Oregon. Personal identification found with the remains was in the name of DUSTIN
ROLLIN SELF of Piedmont, Oklahoma.
Self was reported missing in the same area in March of 2013. He was reported missing by his
family in Oklahoma after they had received a message by cell phone that stated he was lost in
southern Harney County. Self was 19 years of age when he was reported missing.
An extensive search at the time was unsuccessful in locating Self. His vehicle was found after it had slid off the muddy roadway. The remains, which were reported by a hunter, were found approximately seven miles west of the vehicle. There were freezing temperatures and deep snow at the time of the search.
The remains have been sent to the Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office in Portland, Oregon for
Officials say the elements were just too extreme for him to survive.
Piedmont high school student Keirra Keeton says she grew up with self and the news of his death hit the entire community – who were still holding out hope for his return.
She said her family is buying the self’s a survivor tree to show their support in their time of need.
“Their family’s a survivor through everything and they are very tough. Everybody just feels very bad and sad for them,” said Keirra