THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, Ore. – Rescuers have found a hiker who got lost on Angel’s Rest in the Gorge on Wednesday.
Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies began looking for Pamela Benjamin-Monheimer, 56, after she became separated from her hiking partner around 1:30 p.m. Benjamin-Monheimer called 911 after she couldn’t find her friend, who ran ahead on the trail with their dog.
Deputies found the hiker’s partner and dog coming down the trail as they went up. The partner provided rescue crews with information on where he last saw Benjamin-Monheimer.
Mountain Wave Communications helped search and rescue crews by providing radio communications.
A deputy told her to remain where she was and search and rescue crews would locate her and bring her back down from the trails.
Benjamin-Monheimer was wearing dark colored pants and an off blue puffy jacket, rain jacket and pants with her in addition to a small supply of food and water she was carrying. She was not prepared for an overnight stay on the trails.
According to the sheriff's office, when she was found at about 7:45 p.m., Benjamin-Monheimer was cold but uninjured.
Rescuers are escorting her back to a command post.