Mushroom picker spent 2 days lost in woods

Mushroom picker spent 2 days lost in woods

UPDATE: The Skamania County Sheriff's Office reports the missing man, who is deaf, was found alive and in good condition after spending two nights outdoors. He was found around 8 a.m. Wednesday when he flagged down a log truck driver. He had no supplies with him and overnight temperature were at freezing or below. However, he was warmly dressed.

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Original story:

STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) – Searchers are looking for an 84-year-old Lakewood man who went missing while picking mushrooms near Mount Adams.

The Skamania County sheriff's office says the man was last seen 3 p.m. Monday near the Adams Fork Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The national forest has been the site of many lost hikers, including two found alive and well in early June.
   
Skamania County dispatchers tell us that the man went mushroom picking with a group of 80 year olds before becoming separated from the group. They do not know if he was dressed for overnight conditions, nor if he had any other items for food and shelter.

There is an active search happening right now near the Adams Fork Campground, which is about 15 miles northwest of Mount Adams. The U.S. Forest Service reports the campground is bordered by a small river.

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