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Missing Oklahoma man was hallucinating, sheriff says

By JEFF BARNARD Modified: April 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm •  Published: April 19, 2013
/articleid/3790982/1/pictures/2020945">Photo - Dustin Self Self, 19, is seen in this undated Oklahoma driver’s license photo.
Dustin Self Self, 19, is seen in this undated Oklahoma driver’s license photo.

A short break in windy weather on Thursday allowed a rancher with a helicopter to search the rugged mountainside where Self's truck was found. However, rancher Patty Jenkins found no trace of Self around some cabins used by cowboys and hunters uphill from where the truck was found, and no tracks in the fresh snow, Glerup said. Self's lime-green tent was nowhere to be seen.

Self's pickup was found Monday at about the 5,300 foot level on the northeast flank of Steens Mountain, about 2 1/2 miles in from a paved county road on the mountain's east side. The truck had been abandoned with the keys in it, as well as Self's laptop computer, his GPS and some food. Searchers combed the area Tuesday, but have been kept out by snow since then.

His father, Victor Self, was driving to Burns to be closer to the search and pick up his son's truck, Glerup said.

A religious young man raised in a Protestant church, Dustin had been searching for meaning in his life, his mother said. He read books like “Human Race: Get Off Your Knees,” by David Icke, a former British sports reporter whose books about what he believes is controlling life on Earth are admired by conspiracy theorists.

A clean-cut bodybuilder in high school, Self had lately grown his hair long and wore a bandanna around his head.

Tom Downs, the owner of a gas station, cafe and motel recalled seeing Self last month sleeping in his truck. Self said he was low on gas after getting turned around with his GPS and asked for directions to Lakeview, the opposite direction from where his truck was later found.


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