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Missing mushroom hunter found in Douglas County

When deputies were first dispatched along with search and rescue to the area, they say they did not find signs of the missing man.

Posted: Feb 24, 2020 6:11 AM
Updated: Feb 24, 2020 10:26 AM

REEDSPORT, Ore. – A man reported missing Thursday morning out of Douglas County was found Friday afternoon in a very steep and rocky area with thick brush and heavy timber near Loon Lake.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said they got reports that 65-year-old Juan Pitcher of Reedsport had gotten lost while out mushroom picking in the Elliot State Forest off of Elk Ridge Road Thursday.

When deputies were first dispatched along with search and rescue to the area, they said they did not find signs of Pitcher.

Crews searched until nightfall Thursday and then resumed Friday morning.

The sheriff’s office said that around noon on Friday they began to hear a voice respond coming deep within the canyon, and it was the voice of a man.

Search and rescue got to Pitcher at around 1 p.m. on Friday. They said he was found in poor condition.

Pitcher was flown out of the area by U.S. Coast Guard and then taken to the Bay Area Hospital.

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