Mushroom picker missing since Saturday

Mushroom picker missing since Saturday
File photo of wild mushrooms

LOWELL, Ore. – A mushroom picker is believed to be missing after two days in the Willamette National Forest.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office said Dodie Throssel, 54, was with two other people around 3 p.m. Saturday. The Springfield woman reportedly dropped the other two people off near Highway 58 in Lowell, and has not been seen since.

Throssel's friends found her minivan a short time later. Police said she has two Chow-mix dogs with her.

Throssel is reportedly lightly dressed. Deputies say she could be in danger because of the wet and windy weather. She was reported missing Saturday night in the Goodman Creek area south of Lookout Point Reservoir.

This is the third mushroom picker to go missing in the Pacific Northwest in recent weeks.

On Thursday, Oct. 21, a 93-year-old woman was found after nearly two days in the Salt Creek area near Mount Adams. She covered herself in brush and bark to keep warm.

On Wednesday Sept. 22, an 84-year-old Lakewood man was found alive and in good condition after spending two nights near the Adams Fork Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. He was dressed warmly, and was able to flag down a log truck driver.

We are working to bring you a photograph of the missing 54-year-old Dodie Throssel. The Register-Guard reports that search and rescue workers began the search for Throssel Saturday night and combed the area all day Sunday. The search was resumed Monday.

- The Register-Guard in Eugene contributed to this report.

A family photo of Dodie Throssel provided by Sue Throssel:
Family photo of Dodie Throssel, courtesy of Sue Throssel.