01/30/2017 Mt Hood Welches Missing Female
Submitted by Scott Hillson

Missing female in Welches, called off.

12/27/2016 Mt Hood Missing Snowboarder
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the night 12/28, CCSO requested the assistance of PNWSAR in the search for a female snowboarder who went out of bounds and became lost in waist-deep snow. The woman was able to send coordinates to the Sheriff's Office, and teams were quickly deployed to the area and located her safely. She was cold and tired, but uninjured, and teams helped her navigate back to the trailhead.

12/20/2016 Bend Area Missing Man
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 12/21, PNWSAR and other regional agencies assisted the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office in the search for a man missing south of Bend, Oregon. The man had been unexpectedly missing for several days in freezing temperatures, and teams searched assigned areas searching mainly corridor areas. No clues were found and teams were released that evening. PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing man's family and friends.

12/10/2016 Ski Bowl Missing Snowboarders
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

In the early morning of 12/11, PNWSAR and neighboring agencies assisted CCSO in the search for two snowboarders reported missing after they did not return home the night before. Ski patrol searched the area during the night, and teams deployed early in the morning to search areas of interest. The missing snowboarders were located in Portland shortly after teams began searching; there had been confusion about their ride home the night before. PNWSAR would like to share a safety reminder to all who recreate in the outdoors to have a communication plan in place to avoid unnecessary worry by loved ones.

12/09/2016 Frog Lake Missing Skier
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the night of 12/10, CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a missing female cross country skier in the vicinity of Frog Lake. The woman was located at Frog Lake while PNWSAR members were en route.

12/06/2016 Skamania County Missing PCT Hikers
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the afternoon of 12/7, PNWSAR and neighboring agencies assisted the Skamania County Sheriff's Office with a search for 2 PCT hikers needing assistance due to cold and fatigue. The hikers were in cell phone contact with the Sheriff's Office, and were able to safely return to the trailhead while PNWSAR was en route.

12/02/2016 Multnomah County Injured Hiker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the afternoon of 12/3, PNWSAR and neighboring agencies assisted the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in the evacuation of a hiker who had fallen approximately 100ft off a trail in John Yeon State Park. AMR RAT members had reached the injured woman and determined she was not able to walk out on her own. Despite limited visibility and poor weather conditions, an Air National Guard (ANG) helicopter was able to insert some medics to assist, and the helicopter pilot prepared for an attempted rescue. PNWSAR Rope Support Team (RST) coordinated and deployed as an alternate evacuation option in the event the helicopter was not able to rescue the woman. The ANG helicopter successfully rescued the woman shortly after 7pm, and transported her to the hospital where she was expected to recover. PNWSAR stayed in the field to assist all teams across a creek and back to base. All teams returned safely to base and were released later that evening.

11/18/2016 Bagby Hot Springs Injured Male
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the morning of 11/19, CCSO requested the assistance of PNWSAR in the packout of an injured male reported at Bagby Hot Springs. Shortly after arriving on scene, CCSO reported that the injured man was not located and reportedly left on his own. Searchers returned to base and were released.

11/02/2016 Kittitas County Missing PCT Hiker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 11/3 & 11/4, PNWSAR assisted the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office in the search for a Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hiker missing since 10/22. PNWSAR deployed one team on an 2 day assignment to search a section of the PCT north of the point where the hiker was last seen. Searchers covered 11 miles on the first day, camped overnight, and covered an additional section the following day before returning to base. Radio and phone communications were difficult, and the team communicated via InReach and satellite phone. Searchers found no evidence that the hiker had passed through the area. On 11/7, the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office made the difficult decision to suspend the search for the missing hiker. PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing man's family and friends.

10/25/2016 Table Mountain Missing Hiker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 10/26, PNWSAR assisted the Skamania County Sheriff and neighboring agencies in the search for an overdue hiker in the area of Table Mountain north of Bonneville Dam. The hiker started out on a day hike to Table Mountain the morning prior and was last heard from that afternoon. The next morning, teams were assigned to search the trails that surround Table Mountain. At approximately 5pm, searchers located the body of the missing man at the base of the mountain. It is believed that he fell from the summit to the base, a distance of nearly 700ft. Due to weather conditions, the man's body was recovered the following morning. PNWSAR would like to extend our condolences to the man's family and friends, and our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers.

10/20/2016 Curry County Missing Hunter
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 10/21 and 10/22, PNWSAR responded to a state-wide mutual aid request for the search for a missing hunter in Curry County. The man and his adult son were reported missing on 10/14, and the son was found four days later. The son was severely hypothermic and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Coos Bay; he is expected to make a full recovery. Searchers from multiple counties around the state continued to look for the missing father from dawn to dusk for many days. The terrain was wet and rugged, and no clues were located. On 10/26, the Curry County Sheriff made the difficult decision to suspend the search pending further leads. PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing man's family and friends.

10/20/2016 Multnomah County Missing Woman
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

From 10/21-10/25, PNWSAR and neighboring agencies assisted the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in the search for a missing woman whose car was located near the Toothrock trailhead. The woman was reported missing when she did not meet her mother for a planned camping trip. Her car was located two days later and the surrounding area was searched for several days. Teams searched on and off trail areas but the missing woman was not located. MCSO made the difficult decision to suspend the search pending further leads. PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing woman's family and friends.

09/25/2016 Horsetail Falls Missing Male
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

From 9/26-9/28, PNWSAR assisted the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and neighboring agencies in the search for a missing man whose car was located at the Horsetail Falls trailhead. The man reportedly showed recent signs of memory loss, liked hiking but did not usually remain out overnight. Teams searched during the day and into the night for three days, covering trails and off-trail areas, checking abandoned shelters and drainage areas. No clues were found, and MCSO made the difficult decision to suspend the search pending further leads. PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing man's family and friends.

09/21/2016 Estacada Missing Mushroom Hunter
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

In the early hours of 9/22, CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a missing mushroom hunter outside of Estacada. Searchers were assigned to sweep the Eagle Creek Cutoff Trail down to the Eagle Creek Trail. As the team began to descend into the canyon, they received word that the missing man had returned safely to his vehicle. The team returned to base and was released.

09/18/2016 Skamania County Evidence Search
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 9/19, the Skamania County Sheriff's Office PNWSAR and neighboring agencies assisted in the search for evidence related to a report of human bones discovered by local hunters. Teams worked together to grid search assigned areas. Terrain was brushy, and teams did not locate any clues. Searchers were released after approximately six hours of searching.

09/09/2016 Cowlitz County Evidence Search
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 9/10, Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office requested the assistance of PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in an evidence search near Rainier, OR. Teams were deployed to search assigned areas looking for evidence related to an investigation. All items and areas of interest were reported to Incident Command, and teams were released later that afternoon.

09/03/2016 Ramona Falls Packout
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the afternoon of 9/4, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies for the packout of an injured woman near Ramona Falls. Upon arriving at the trailhead, deputies and searchers were informed the woman had departed from the trailhead by vehicle not long prior, so their assistance was no longer required. PNWSAR did not deploy into the field.

08/25/2016 Angel's Rest Recovery
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

Midday on 8/26, while assisting with two other concurrent searches in Multnomah County, PNWSAR was redeployed to assist in the recovery of a man who had fallen off the side of the trail near Angel's Rest. The man was hiking with a friend when he fell approximately 40ft and did not survive the injuries sustained in the fall. Rescuers were sent to recover the man's body and transport him back to base. PNWSAR wishes to extend our condolences to the man's family and friends.

08/25/2016 Angel's Rest Missing Hikers
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

Midday on 8/26, while assisting with an MCSO search for a missing hiker, PNWSAR was redeployed to assist two missing hikers who became stuck in a steep unstable area off trail near Angels Rest. Searchers from MCSO had located the two hikers, but were unable to safely assist them back to the trailhead. PNWSAR rigged a technical rope rescue system to safely lower the hikers and searchers down a steep embankment with unstable rockfall. After several hours of work, all individuals arrived safely back to base without injury.

08/25/2016 Larch Mountain Missing Hiker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the morning of 8/26, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in the search for a missing hiker near the area of Larch Mountain Trailhead. The hiker was visiting from out of state and became separated from his friends while hiking the afternoon prior. PNWSAR teams searched assigned areas and were then reassigned to concurrent searches in the area. The missing hiker was located several miles from the trailhead by a hiker who recognized him from media coverage. The missing man was escorted back to base and was reported to be in good condition.

08/22/2016 Pup Creek Falls Packout
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the evening of 8/23, CCSO requested the assistance of PNWSAR and the AMR RAT Team for the packout of an injured male near Pup Creek Falls. PNWSAR deployed from Indian Henry Campground along the Clackamas River Trail, where they encountered the injured man who had walked from the junction of Pup Creek Falls Trail & Clackamas River Trail. He was medically evaluated by searchers, his wounds were redressed, and he was carried out on a wheeled stokes litter. Once at the campground, the man was transported to the hospital by his family.

08/21/2016 Eagle Creek Missing Rafter
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

In the early hours of 8/22, CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a missing rafter on shore near the Eagle Creek/Clackamas River area. The rafter was separated from her family group when they beached due to darkness. CCSO reported a female voice calling for help downstream and inland from the location of the rafting party, and searchers deployed as close as possible with permission to access via private property. PNWSAR teams bushwhacked for a couple of hours toward the river, and made contact with the woman just after 5:00am. Searchers provided clothing, blankets, and warm liquids to the woman who was cold but otherwise uninjured. Clackamas Fire deployed a raft to transport the woman to meet her family and CCSO, and searchers returned to their vehicles the way they hiked in, returning to base just before 8:00am.

08/14/2016 Mirror Lake Packout
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the morning of 8/15, CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR and the AMR Reach And Treat (RAT) Team in the packout of an injured woman on the Mirror Lake Trail. The woman was camping at Mirror Lake and suffered a possible knee ligament injury. The AMR RAT Team reached the woman and packaged her into a Sked. PNWSAR rescuers arrived to assist with transport back to the trailhead.

08/07/2016 Fish Creek Road Missing Male Hiker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

In the early hours of 8/8, PNWSAR was called to assist in the search for a hiker reported missing in the area of Fish Creek Rd in Clackamas County. The hiker's friend reported him missing when he did not return to his vehicle by dark. The man's wife arrived and began to look for him, but she too became lost. A searcher from PNWSAR accompanied a CCSO deputy on the trail and located the wife, escorting her back to base. Additional teams were assigned to search the trails for the missing man. Approximately 2 miles down the trail, a PNWSAR team made voice contact with the man. Another local team joined PNWSAR and reached the man on the other side of a creek. Searchers gave the man some food, water, and dry clothing, and escorted him back to base.

08/02/2016 Burnt Lake Trail Packout
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the afternoon of 8/3, CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR, AMR, and Hoodland Fire for the packout of a woman with an injured leg on the Burnt Lake Trail. Rescuers from PNWSAR hiked in to meet AMR and Hoodland Fire and assist with transporting the injured woman to the trailhead where she was transferred to AMR.

08/01/2016 Jefferson Park Missing Male
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

From 8/2-8/6, PNWSAR assisted the Marion County Sheriff's Office and neighboring agencies in the search for a missing 21 year old hiker who did not return after a planned one-night trip into Jefferson Park on 7/27. Teams from PNWSAR searched on and off trail, daily and overnight, covering many miles on foot and ATV. Civil Air Patrol planes provided communication assistance, and the Marion County Chuck Wagon Crew provided support to searchers at base. After searching for seven days without any clues, Marion County Sheriff's Office made the difficult decision to suspend the search. PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing man's family and friends.

07/30/2016 Milwaukie Missing Male
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

Early on 7/31, CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in the search for a missing elderly man in Milwaukie. Ground searchers, mountain bike teams, and ATV teams were dispatched. PNWSAR was assigned to search several residential areas and green spaces, to canvas over 200 homes and speak with residents, and to search bike trails near the interstate. At approximately 4pm the man was discovered by a bystander; he was stuck in a thick patch of blackberry bushes behind a nearby fast food restaurant. Clackamas Fire District was called to cut through a fence and the bushes to rescue the man.

07/27/2016 Elk Lake Creek Trail Packout
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

Mid-day on 7/28, CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR and AMR in the packout of a man with a knee injury on the Elk Lake Creek Trail. Rescuers hiked in approximately 2 miles to meet the AMR Reach And Treat (RAT) Team who had packaged the injured man into a Sked. The teams hauled the man in the Sked over difficult terrain to the trailhead and the ambulance. PNWSAR also assisted in bringing the man's vehicle back to Ripplebrook Ranger Station.

07/25/2016 Washington County Trail Runner
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the morning of 7/26, Washington County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in the search for a young female trail runner who did not return from a run the evening prior. Ground searchers and mountain bike teams were dispatched. As teams were receiving assignments, the runner was located by a logger. Teams remained on scene until the runner was safely back at base.

07/17/2016 Mt. Adams Missing Hiker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 7/18, Yakima County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from PNWSAR and regional SAR agencies in the search for a hiker missing on Mt. Adams. The hiker had self-reported via cell phone that he was injured after a fall. PNWSAR was assigned to hike West on the Round the Mountain Trail from Cold Spring Campground, investigating any vantage points to view the upper mountain area using optics. Nothing of interest was observed, and the team returned to the trailhead just after dark. Bad weather and other mitigating factors prompted Yakima County Sheriff's Office to suspend the search three days later. Update 8/3: A skier reportedly discovered a body around 8,000ft on Tuesday, 8/2, and Yakima area rescue teams were able to recover the body from the mountain. On Weds, the Yakima County Coroner confirmed the identity of the missing hiker from July. PNWSAR wishes to extend our condolences to the man's family and friends.

07/15/2016 Clark County Evidence Search
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 7/16, Clark County Sheriff's Office requested the assistance of PNWSAR in an evidence search in Vancouver, WA. Teams were deployed to search assigned areas and search for evidence related to an investigation. Search areas were completed and no evidence was discovered.

07/11/2016 Springwater Road Missing Endangered Male
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

In the early hours of 7/12, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office requested assistance in the search for a missing elderly man in rural Oregon City. The man was reported to be deaf with limited mobility, and he had possibly wandered into a nearby tree farm the evening prior. Searchers arrived on scene just as the man was located safely.

07/09/2016 Multnomah Falls Missing Woman
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 7/10, PNWSAR and neighboring agencies assisted in the continued search for a woman reported missing from the Multnomah Falls area in December. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office coordinated the search, and PNWSAR was deployed as two teams of ground searchers. Teams were assigned to grid search multiple off-trail areas, and terrain ranged from manageable to challenging. All assignments were completed and no clues were discovered. The investigation remains open with MCSO, and PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing woman's friends and family.

06/29/2016 Beacon Rock Injured Female
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the afternoon of 6/30, Clark County Regional Emergency Services Association (CRESA) requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies with the packout of an injured female at Beacon Rock State Park. The woman was successfully evacuated by other teams while PNWSAR members were en route.

06/27/2016 Timberline Female Hiker Assist
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the morning of 6/28, CCSO requested assistance with two female hikers on the PCT near Zig Zag Canyon who ran into difficulty and needed assistance to return to Timberline Lodge. PNWSAR searchers were responding to another mission and several were diverted to Timberline. A team of searchers hiked in and met the women on the trail. The hikers were tired and unable to carry their backpacks, so the team carried their gear and escorted them back to Timberline Lodge.

06/26/2016 Promontory Park Missing Male
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

From 6/27-6/30, PNWSAR and neighboring agencies assisted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in the search for a man reported missing from Portland, OR. The man's car was located in the Promontory Park area, and teams searched surrounding roads, trails, and off-trail areas for four days. No clues were found and the investigation remains open. PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing man's friends and family.

06/15/2016 Multnomah County Evidence Search
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 6/16, PNWSAR assisted the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in a search for evidence related to an open investigation. Teams searched assigned roadside areas for several hours and were released later that afternoon.

06/09/2016 Multnomah County Evidence Search
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the afternoon of 6/10, PNWSAR assisted the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in a search for evidence related to an open investigation. Teams grid searched in assigned areas for several hours and were released later that evening.

06/03/2016 Estacada Missing Youth
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the night of 6/3, CCSO requested the assistance of PNWSAR and neighboring agencies to search for an endangered teen who was reported missing by his family from their home near Estacada. PNWSAR members were given assignments and preparing to enter the field when the teen was located safe by members of Mountain Wave Search and Rescue.

05/28/2016 Indian Heaven Missing Snow Camper
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the night of 5/29, Hood River County Sheriff requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in the search for a woman reported missing while camping with a group in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. The woman did not return from a bathroom break earlier that morning, and members of her party searched for her before hiking out and driving back into cell coverage to report her missing. Conditions were clear with several feet of snowpack above 4500ft. PNWSAR teams searched wooded areas and frozen lakes between trails, locating the woman's camping party. Just before dawn, PNWSAR teams located the woman approximately a half mile from her party. She was cold but otherwise in good shape. After providing dry socks, food, and warm fluids, team walked the woman back to the trailhead where her family was waiting.

05/25/2016 Gaston Missing Fisherman
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the morning of 5/26, Washington County SAR requested the assistance of PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in the search for a missing fisherman last seen the previous afternoon. During briefing and assignments, deputies made contact with the missing man. PNWSAR did not deploy into the field.

05/01/2016 Molalla River Missing Fishermen
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the night of 5/2, PNWSAR was asked by CCSO to search for two fisherman who reported themselves lost near the Molalla River. The men had hiked in to fish and could not find the trail back. Searchers negotiated brushy terrain to reach the men and located them safely. They had built a fire to stay warm but were hungry and thirsty. After providing food and water, teams walked the subjects back to the trailhead.

05/01/2016 Hidden Lake Lost Hiker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the evening of 5/2, CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a hiker who reported himself lost. Cellphone pings placed the hiker in Zig Zag Canyon and teams were assigned to hike in via the Paradise Park and Hidden Lake trails to try and locate the man. After several hours of searching into the night, teams located the man but were unable to reach him due to high steep terrain. One team located a safe river crossing and were able to reach the hiker sometime after midnight. After providing clothing, fluids, and food, they walked the man back to the trailhead just before 5am the following morning.

04/26/2016 Milwaukie Missing Endangered Man
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the night of 4/27, CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for an elderly man with dementia who was reported missing from a care facility in Milwaukie. PNWSAR teams searched a large area immediately surrounding the facility, including several unused buildings, a nearby school, church, and residential properties. While teams were searching, the man was located safely near his apartment by a caregiver.

04/14/2016 Tualatin Missing Endangered Woman
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

In the early hours of 4/15, PNWSAR and neighboring agencies were asked to search for woman with dementia who was reported missing in Tualatin. The same woman was reported missing and found safely two weeks prior. The woman was last seen near her home in a rural wooded area. Teams searched nearby properties, and the woman was again located safely by a K9 team from NORSAR.

03/29/2016 Tualatin Missing Endangered Woman
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the evening of 3/30, PNWSAR and neighboring agencies were asked to search for woman with dementia who was reported missing in Tualatin. The woman was last seen near her home in a rural wooded area. Teams searched neighboring properties into the night and spoke with neighbors for information. The woman was located safely by a K9 team from NORSAR. She was evaluated by paramedics and released to her family.

03/25/2016 Rainbow Campground Injured Hiker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the afternoon of 3/26, CCSO asked PNWSAR and neighboring agencies to assist with the packout of an injured woman near Rainbow Campground. The woman was hiking and had dislocated her knee after being tripped by her dog. She was not far from the trailhead, and the AMR RAT (Reach and Treat) Team responded, treated, and packaged the woman. PNWSAR members arrived to assist with transport back to the trailhead.

03/05/2016 Starvation Creek Missing Hiker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the morning of 3/6, the Hood River County Sheriff's Office requested assistance in the search for a missing hiker near the Starvation Creek Trailhead. Two hikers had been on the 413 trail and decided to return off trail to avoid snow. They became separated and only one hiker made it back to the parking lot. PNWSAR teams were preparing to enter the field when the missing hiker walked out safely on their own.

03/04/2016 Vancouver Missing Autistic Teen
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the afternoon of 3/5, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a missing autistic teen in Vancouver, WA. The teen had run away from his family around 9pm the evening prior. The family and Vancouver Police Department searched until Saturday morning, at which time PNWSAR and other neighboring agencies joined the search. PNWSAR teams were dispatched to patrol large areas by vehicle. While driving the assigned search areas, the teen was reported to be seen near his home and shortly thereafter was reported back with his family.

01/31/2016 Mt. Hood Missing Climber
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the evening of 2/1, PNWSAR was asked by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to assist with the search for a climber reported lost in low visibility on Mt. Hood. A cell phone ping placed the man near the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the west side of Mt. Hood. PNWSAR teams were assigned with attempting to reach the man by way of the PCT from the north and the south. The north team was transported by Hoodland Fire snowcat to the Ramona Falls Trailhead to attempt crossing the Sandy River to reach the PCT. The team was turned back around 9:15pm after determining there was no safe river crossing. The south team was transported to the Paradise Park Trailhead to attempt to hike in from the south. The team was turned back around 10:30pm due to avalanche danger that created unsafe conditions for night rescue. Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR) reached the climber safely the following morning in the Zig Zag Canyon and assisted him out.

01/31/2016 Cannon Beach Missing Man
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 2/1 and 2/2, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in the search for an elderly man who did not return home after his daily walk. PNWSAR teams searched in and around the neighborhood and around a nearby creek, searched a wooded area and residences in a nearby neighborhood, and searched the wooded areas around some logging and access roads to the north and south. Teams completed all search assignments and did not locate the missing man. PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing man's friends and family.

01/30/2016 Tamawanas Falls Injured Hiker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the afternoon of 1/31, members of the PNWSAR Rope Support Team (RST) were training at White River when a call was received from the Hood River County Sheriff to assist with the packout of an injured hiker on the Tamawanas Falls Trail approximately 8 miles away. A woman was hiking with her husband and friend when she slipped on the icy trail and broke her ankle. A member of Crag Rats Search and Rescue arrived 15min prior to PNWSAR RST and stabilized the woman's ankle. Upon arrival, PNWSAR RST packaged the woman in a Sked and transported her back to the trailhead. The trail was icy and narrow, with steep drop-offs in areas. PNWSAR RST deployed several rope systems for safety. Once at the trailhead, the woman elected to be transported to the hospital by her husband.

01/26/2016 Collawash River Missing Male
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On the evening of 1/26, PNWSAR was asked by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to assist the following morning with the search and recovery of a man missing after his vehicle crashed into the river. PNWSAR teams searched the banks of the river downstream from the vehicle location. Terrain was steep in areas and teams searched both sides of the riverbank. While teams were searching, a relative of the man located a body in the river approximately one mile downstream from the search area. PNWSAR met the family at their location and waited with them for water-rescue personnel to respond. The body was confirmed to be that of the missing man. PNWSAR wishes to extend our condolences to the man's family and friends.

01/22/2016 Multnomah Falls Missing Woman
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 1/23, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in the ongoing search for a woman reported missing on 12/19. Snow had melted since the initial search and teams were assigned to search trails and off-trail areas surrounding Multnomah Falls. Searchers did not locate the missing woman. PNWSAR wishes to extend our sympathy to the missing woman's friends and family.

12/30/2015 Mirror Lake Missing Photographers
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 12/31, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office requested PNWSAR's assistance with the search for three photographers who reported themselves lost at Mirror Lake earlier that morning, unable to locate the trail in the snowy conditions. The missing photographers were in contact via cellphone and found their way back to the trailhead while PNWSAR members were en route.

12/28/2015 Ski Bowl Missing Skier
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 12/29, PNWSAR was asked by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to assist with the search for a skier reported missing at Ski Bowl ski area. The missing man was located safe by snowcat while PNWSAR members were en route.

12/22/2015 Multnomah Falls Missing Woman
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 12/23 and 12/24, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in the search for a woman reported missing on 12/19. The woman's vehicle was later found parked at Multnomah Falls, and teams searched nearby trails all day for two days. Conditions were cold, snowy, and slick with a lot of snow on the ground. Many miles of trails were searched but searchers did not find the missing woman. The search was postponed by MCSO but the investigation is still open. PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing woman's friends and family.

11/12/2015 Laurance Lake Missing Hunter
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 11/13, PNWSAR was asked to assist the Hood River County Sheriff's Office in the search for a missing hunter. The hunter was reported missing near the area of Laurance Lake when he did not meet his hunting partner at their pre-appointed time and location the prior afternoon. HRCSO teams searched through the night and PNW teams arrived to assist early the following morning. PNW teams accompanied the hunting partner to the area near where the hunters had last seen each other, they searched trails looking for footprints in the snow, and made voice calls through drainage areas. Later that morning, the missing hunter found his way to the Laurance Lake campground and was assisted by HRCSO and reunited with his hunting partner.

11/03/2015 Angels Rest Missing Trail Runner
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 11/4, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a missing trail runner in the area of Angels Rest. Two runners became separated after one ran ahead with the intention to wait at the top for his partner. When his partner arrived, she could not located him. As PNW teams were preparing to begin their assignment, a team from MCSO made contact with the missing runner. PNW teams stayed onsite in the event assistance was needed to transport the man back. PNW teams headed home after confirmation the man was able to walk out without additional help.

10/25/2015 Eagle Creek Missing Mushroom Hunters
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 10/26, CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for two men reported missing while mushroom hunting in the area of Promontory Park-Estacada. A team of PNW searchers made voice contact with the men just after daylight. The terrain was steep and rugged with heavy ground cover, and it took the searchers several more hours to reach the men at the bottom of a canyon. The men were cold, hungry, and thirsty but otherwise in good shape. They were given warm clothes, food, and water, and they were able to hike back out with the searchers. Additional teams met the searchers and the men along the way back to to the trail and provided more water and accompany them back to the trail and the trailhead.

10/16/2015 Gifford Pinchot Missing Camper
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 10/17 & 10/18 the Skamania County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in an ongoing search for a man who was reported overdue from an extended solo camping trip. The man's vehicle was located by law enforcement and the search centered around that area. On Saturday, PNW was assigned a large search area and completed most of the area and did not locate the man. On Sunday, PNW searched the remaining area and an additional area near a river and road. PNWSAR completed all requested assignments but found no clues or signs of the missing man.

On 10/20 Skamania County Sheriff's Office made the difficult decision to suspend the search. PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing man's friends and family.

09/20/2015 Ross Island Missing Male
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 9/21 MCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a man who was reported missing on 9/19 while camping with friends on Ross Island. Teams searched the island and bank areas and did not locate the man. The subject was located deceased in the river the following afternoon due to accidental drowning. PNWSAR wishes to extend our thoughts and condolences to the subject's family and friends.

09/05/2015 Timothy Lake Missing Fisherman
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 9/6 CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR to search for a man who was reported missing when he became separated from his party while crawdad fishing. The subject was located by PGE staff while PNWSAR members were en route.

08/22/2015 Ramona Falls Distress Call
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 8/23 CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR to respond to an emergency beacon distress call near the Ramona Falls trail head. The distress call was intentionally canceled from the emergency beacon while PNWSAR members were en route.

08/20/2015 Hood River County Missing Male Hiker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 8/21-23 Hood River County Sheriff requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in the search for a missing male hiker near Laurance Lake. The man had been hiking with his wife and three dogs, and they became separated when he took the dogs on a brief hike toward a rock outcropping. PNWSAR teams worked with other local agencies to clear trails and roads in the area, as well as grid searching areas surrounding the point he became separated from his wife. Terrain was rugged and air visibility was limited due to regional wildfires. On 8/23, the hiker found his way back to Laurance Lake and flagged down a fisherman. He was transported to hospital and reported in good condition. Communications provided by Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

08/08/2015 Multnomah County Evidence Search
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 8/9 & 8/10 Multnomah County Sheriff requested the assistance of PNWSAR to search for evidence related to an investigation. Teams from PNWSAR and MCSAR worked together to complete several assignments grid searching different areas.

07/31/2015 Skamania County Missing Female Huckleberry Picker
Submitted by Adriana Sleigh

On 8/1 & 8/2 Skamania County Sheriff requested assistance from PNWSAR and neighboring agencies in the search for an 81 year old female reported missing after being separated from family while picking huckleberries near Berry Fields Interpretive Site. PNWSAR teams searched designated areas around forest service roads. The subject was located by air support on 8/2 and was assisted back to base by a team on horseback.

07/17/2015 Clackamas River Stranded Hikers
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 07/17 CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the rescue of three stranded hikers at the base of a steep incline on the Clackamas River near Fish Creek. The hikers became stranded after attempting to rescue their dog when the dog fell down the incline. The PNWSAR Rope Support Team (RST) deployed, crossed the river using a PG&E cable car, hiked a short distance to the trail above the climbers, and prepared to plan a rescue operation. It was then decided the hikers would be evacuated by Clackamas Fire using rafts from the opposite bank, and PNWSAR would be ready as a backup. The raft rescue was successful, the subjects and their dog reported no injuries, and PNWSAR RST returned to Base. Communications provided by Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

07/08/2015 Missing Male Sandy River
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 07/09 CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a 16 year old male reported missing while swimming in the Sandy River near Sandy. The subject was located deceased by law enforcement personnel just after PNWSAR teams arrived on scene. PNWSAR wishes to extend our thoughts and condolences to the subject's family and friends. Communications provided by Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

07/04/2015 Missing Female Clackamas Town Center
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 07/05 CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a missing elderly female in the Clackamas Town Center area. The subject was reported to be suffering some possible memory loss and confusion and had become separated from her family. The subject was located while PNWSAR members were en route.

07/03/2015 Brightwood Missing Male
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 07/04 CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a missing male in the Brightwood area. The subject was located just as the PNWSAR team arrived. Communications provided by Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

06/13/2015 Ramona Falls Missing hikers
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 06/14 CCSO requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for possible missing hikers near Ramona Falls. After some initial confusion by reporting parties (RP's) about how many people were lost, two PNWSAR teams were deployed. One searched along the Ramona Falls trail, and the second deployed to the Top Spur trail to search and interview potential witnesses. The Top Spur team eventually encountered three subjects at different times who were traveling together and had been separated. The subjects were reunited and escorted back to Base. Communications provided by Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

06/08/2015 High Rocks Lost Hikers
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 06/09, PNWSAR received a request from the Clackamas County Sheriff's office to assist with the search for two female hikers lost near High Rocks. The hikers called 911 after becoming lost on a trail. Using cell phone plotting information, a PNWSAR team deployed from Fraser Turnaround and hiked 2 KM before making contact with the subjects. The team provided food and water, then escorted the uninjured subjects back to base. Communications provided by Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

05/09/2015 Mirror Lake Packout
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 05/10, The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from PNWSAR with the packout of a female subject from Mirror Lake. A PNW team arrived and hiked to the subject, who had suffered a broken leg and had been treated and then packaged in a litter by Hoodland Fire. The combined PNW and HF team transported the subject to the Mirror Lake Trailhead, where she was transferred to an ambulance.

05/08/2015 Babgby Hot Springs Packout
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 05/09, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from PNWSAR with the packout of a female from Bagby Hot Springs. The subject was in a non-responsive but non-life threatening condition. Along with a Reach and Treat (RAT) medical team from AMR, a PNW team packaged the subject and transported her to Base by litter, where she was transferred to an ambulance for observation.

05/05/2015 Hunchback Lost Male
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 05/06 the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a male hiker missing on Hunchback Mountain near ZigZig. The man had been attending a nearby conference when he decided to go on a hike, got lost, and contacted 911. A large team from PNW deployed at night and searched until dawn, when the subject was located. He was assisted back to Base after reporting no injuries. Communications provided by Mountain Wave.

04/17/2015 Bonneville Dam Packout
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 04/18, PNWSAR was asked by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to assist with the packout of a female hiker near Bonneville Dam. A team from PNW arrived on the scene and assisted with the last part of the operation.

03/11/2015 Lost Lake Missing Female
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 03/11, PNWSAR was asked to assist with the search for a missing female near Lost Lake. Just as PNW was preparing to enter the field, the subject was located by search aircraft and escorted to Base by a team from Portland Mountain Rescue.

01/23/2015 Trillium Lake Lost Family
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 01/24, the Clackamas County Sherriff’s Office (CCSO) requested assistance from PNWSAR in the rescue of a family who became lost while hiking near Trillium Lake. The family called 911 and requested assistance after becoming lost when darkness fell. Using cell phone tracking, a PNWSAR team located all five members of the family, including a two year old child, and began escorting them back to the parking lot. A second PNWSAR team joined after approximately one mile, and determined that one family member was having trouble walking and requested transport. The subject was treated and transported the remaining distance. All family members reunited at base and reported no serious injuries. Communications and cell phone tracking provided by Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

01/21/2015 Goat Mountain Recovery
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 01/22, the Clackamas County Sherriff’s Office (CCSO) requested assistance from PNWSAR in the recovery of the body of a man who had fallen off Goat Mountain near Clear Lake. A PNWSAR team responded and deployed a rope system to lower the subject approximately 200 meters to an appropriate location for transport. PNWSAR extends our condolences to the subject's friends and family. Transport and communications provided by Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

01/19/2015 Missing Hiker Salmon River Trail
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 01/20, the Clackamas County Sherriff’s Office (CCSO) requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a missing hiker on the Salmon River Trail. The subject had been reported overdue. A PNWSAR hasty team deployed early in the morning and swept the trail to the Salmon/Kinzel junction. Around noon, while the hasty team was planning the next portion of the search, the team located the subject as she was coming back down the trail after having spent an unplanned night in the woods. She was treated and escorted back to the trailhead. Communications provided by Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

01/09/2015 Lost Climber Paradise Park
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 01/10, the Clackamas County Sherriff’s Office (CCSO) requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a missing climber in the Paradise Park area of Mt. Hood. PNWSAR team members responded and formed two teams to monitor trailheads on the lower portion of the mountain. Portland Mountain Rescue and the Timberline Ski Patrol each deployed a team to search the upper portion of the mountain near the climbers last known location. At approximately 02:30 the Ski Patrol located the subject and guided him back to Timberline Lodge. Communications and cell phone tracking were provided by Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

01/08/2015 Bagby Hot Springs Packout
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 01/8, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) requested assistance from PNWSAR with the transport of a woman described as unresponsive at Bagby Hot Springs. Team members arrived at approximately 23:00 hours to find the subject being treated by medics from the AMR Reach and Treat (RAT) team. The subject was in an unresponsive but non-life threatening condition. PNWSAR members packaged the subject in a wheeled litter and transported her to the trailhead where she was transferred to a waiting ambulance. Communications provided by Mountain Wave Emergency.

12/13/2014 Wahkeena Falls Injured Hiker
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 12/14 the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) requested support from PNWSAR in the packout of an injured hiker above Wahkeena Falls in the Columbia Gorge. The subject had been injured and was being taken by litter down the Wahkeena Falls trail by Corbett Fire and AMR RAT team members.

PNWSAR members arrived at dusk and proceeded up the trail where they encountered the subject and litter. Rescuers slowly descended the trail several miles down multiple switchbacks in challenging conditions to the trailhead and finally transferred the subject to an ambulance at 8 p.m.

07/09/2014 Horsetail Falls
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 7/10, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a missing woman above Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. A PNWSAR team deployed on the Tanner Creek Trail above Wahclella Falls and began searching for the woman. At approximately 07:00, the woman was spotted by a search aircraft and later escorted back to base by a MCSO SAR team. Communications and logistics support was provided by Mountain Wave Communications.

04/21/2014 Gales Creek Missing Male
Submitted by Scott Houser

On 4/22 the Washington County Sherriff's Office requested assistance from PNWSAR in the search for a 51 year old missing Hillsboro man near the Gales Creek Campground in western Washington County. The man had been previously reported by relatives as missing and possibly despondent. His vehicle was located abandoned near the campground.

For three days combined search teams from several counties launched a large search effort in the area around the campground and many nearby trails, mountains and drainages. On the first day PNWSAR was responsible for searching a 300 meter radius around the location of the man's vehicle. On the second and third day PNWSAR was assigned to search several very steep and difficult areas between Gales Creek and Story Burn Road, and were assisted by members of Yamhill County SAR and the Washington County Explorers. Several storm fronts brought heavy rain and made search conditions challenging. PNWSAR completed all requested assignments but found no clues or signs of the missing man.

On 4/24 WCSO deputies made the difficult decision to suspend the search. PNWSAR extends our gratitude to our fellow SAR volunteers and our sympathy to the missing man's friends and family.