COUNCIL, IDAHO -- Bill Summers drove away from his Council home late Sunday evening and has not been seen since.
His wife called police Monday morning, and there is now an all-out search of the Council, Cascade, New Meadows, and McCall area for the missing 78-year-old.
Summers is the brother-in-law of former U.S. Senator Larry Craig. Craig told NewsChannel 7 that his brother-in-law had no reason to disappear or leave town and has never done this before.
"To leave in the middle of the night, simply with his billfold and his Ford pickup, is something that was just tremendously unexpected," said Craig.
The town of Cascade and folks in the area have rallied around the Summers family, and some are even helping in the search.
"Bill is a long-time businessman in the Council area, and lots of friends built up over the years selling snowmobiles and chainsaws and four wheelers. Many of those people literally went out on their four wheelers yesterday," Craig said.
Summers' daughter, a helicopter pilot joined the air search over the areas she thought he might go. The Adams County Sheriff's Office, Council Police Department, Idaho State Police, and Forest Service are also participating the in the search.
"It's very difficult for everybody because there are no answers, he just simply drove away, and until there are answers there's always a high level of frustration and concern," said Craig.
"We are so grateful to the many professionals, volunteers, and media that have already stepped up to help find Bill," said Sally Summers, Bill Summers' wife. "We are now asking all our friends and fellow Idahoans across the state to report any potential sighting of my husband."
Summers is described as having graying brown hair, blue eyes, and is slightly bent over when he walks. He has neuropathy in his feet and some memory problems.
Bill Summers left home in a tan 2011 Ford F-150 crew cab with Idaho license plate 2A 91.
Bill Summers has a brother in Montana, a brother in Colorado and a sister in California. The Summers and Craig family members believe he would be more inclined to be head toward the brother in Montana because they fish together.
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