CLACKAMAS, Ore. - By the time Shu Ying Xie’s son called the Clackamas County Sheriff’s office to report his mom missing late Thursday afternoon, light was fading, there was a chill in the air and fog was closing in.
The sheriff’s office called out teams with search dogs, searchers on bicycle, and deputies on ATVs to help find the missing woman from southeast Portland.
Xie was with her son as he went to a doctor’s appointment at a medical office near I-205 and Sunnybrook around 3:15 p.m. Thursday.
By 4:30, Xie’s son said his mom apparently got confused and left the medical office to look for him.
The deputies searching on ATVs found Xie four hours later. She was walking down the bicycle path along I-205, a half-mile from the office where she was last seen.
Yung Xie thanked searchers for finding his mom.
“Everybody, thank you please, anybody,” said Yung Xie. “Without you guys, I could not find my mom. We really appreciate it. She was going to underneath a bridge, hiding down there.”
The deputy who found Xie says she knew who they were as they rolled up on their ATV’s.
“She was happy,” said Deputy Corey Smith of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue. “She was smiling and she answered her name when we called it out and came to us. We gave her some popcorn and some water and she’s in good spirits.”
Yung Xie says his mom did something similar about a month ago. He’d been keeping a close eye on her since. But in this case, had to leave her alone, and that was enough time for her to wander away. She suffered only one injury during her time missing: a scratch on her finger.